Roddie Makes Early Decision

Paramount HS ATH Donzale Roddie decided Utah was the best fit for him

Utah landed its first high school commitment from the state of California on Wednesday, as Paramount HS Athlete Donzale Roddie committed to play for the Utes. Roddie took an unofficial visit to Salt Lake City last weekend, and that solidified in his mind that Utah was the place he wanted to be. "The coaches were really excited to have me there and I really loved the vibe of the school. (Utah) felt like home and team was really like a family to me." Utah was the first team to offer the stand out athlete, and that played a big part in Roddie's decision as well, "They were the first ones to recognize my talent and offer me a scholarship, so that was big." Another big reason that Roddie committed, was the relationship he has with his recruiter, Dennis Erickson, "He's a wonderful coach. We have a very good relationship and we talked a lot when I was out there in Utah. He's very excited to have me there."

Roddie is a very versatile athlete, as he plays both wide receiver and safety for his high school, but the coaching staff at Utah isn't quite sure where he'll play once he arrives at Utah. "Right now the coaching staff isn't sure where they want me to play, because some want me on defense and some on offense. I don't have a preference, but I would love to play both sides of the ball." Donzale also spoke about his goals for the upcoming season, and those goals are about proving how good of a player he really is. "I want to be the best athlete in the league. I want to have more than 1,000 yards receiving and also lead my league in interceptions."

Fresno State, USC, Colorado, Washington State, Wyoming, Wake Forest and Oregon are all schools that have been recruiting Roddie, and despite making his commitment, he maintains that he will keep an open mind to other schools when and if they offer, including taking possible visits to those schools. "I'm going to still go to other schools to visit. I'm going to just keep an open mind about things and the recruiting process." Roddie states though that it will take a lot for him to change his mind, as he feels at home with Utah.

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