Riley Dodge Talks About the Switch

Since he was little, Southlake Carroll quarterback Riley Dodge dreamed about following in his father's footsteps and playing quarterback at the University of Texas. However nearly five months after his committing to the Longhorns, Dodge realized that his heart was with his family and the University of North Texas. Dodge spoke with Inside Texas about the commitment switch.

"It really didn't have anything to do with the camp. I had a lot of fun. I love Austin and the university is unbelievable. It's just all personal stuff," Riley Dodge said when asked about his decommitment. "I'm a big time family guy. It would have been a hard situation for me in Austin. With my dad being a college coach now, we would have been playing on Saturdays and he would have been playing on Saturdays. He would have never been able to see me play. He may have been able to catch a bowl game every now and then. It was kind of tough."

Dodge basically choose being close to his family over his dream of playing at UT. He will be heading to North Texas next fall to continue playing under the tutelage of his dad, Todd Dodge.

"I'm going to North Texas to play straight quarterback nothing else," Dodge said. "I'm so excited. It was a hard deal. It was very hard for me to call Coach Brown and talk to him about it. He and Coach Davis were very supportive of my situation."

"I'm so excited. I feel like there is a big buzz right now around North Texas. Everybody is so excited about it. We have a good group of recruits coming in, and I just want to build off that," Dodge added. "I'm just pumped up. I feel like I can play quarterback at the highest level. I want to show people that I can do that, and I think the best place for me to show that is at North Texas."

Dodge seems to have a chip on his shoulder. He has heard over and over again that he is too small to play quarterback on the next level, and he is bound and determined to prove his doubters wrong.

"I feel like a lot of people doubt what I can do being 5-foot-11 or 6-foot," Dodge said. "I have been playing the position since I was five years old. I feel like I am very polished and am one of the best quarterbacks in the state. I guess you could say that I just want to prove everyone wrong."

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