Chisholm Ready to Lead New Team

After leading West Charlotte to the 4A state title game, Rod Chisholm now moves on to a new stage in his football career at powerhouse Charlotte (N.C.) Independence.

Standing at 5-foot-7 ½ and 175 pounds, Chisholm played running back for West Charlotte where he rushed for 2,237 yards on 257 attempts for a very impressive 8.7 average. He also crossed the pylon 24 times on the year. What makes his numbers stand out even more is he had to miss two games due to injury. He was named Charlotte Observer Offensive Player-of-the-Year in a community that was stocked full of Division 1A talent.

"At the beginning [of the year] not really [expecting to be so productive]," said Chisholm. "But, as the year went along I knew it would be a special year for me"

Although he believed in his West Charlotte teammates, not even he himself would have ever imagined that they would be playing for the state title come year end.

"I couldn't do it by myself," said Chisholm. "It would take team work. And we came together as a team and we made it."

After the year ended Chisholm and his family decided that it would be best for him to transfer over to Independence for his senior year. Chisholm has already adjusted to his new surroundings.

"When I first got there, they welcomed me as family," said Chisholm. "We had our first practice last week. It was tough, but I got used to it.

"Coach [Tom] Knotts is a great coach. We're going to do it again; we're going to get number eight [straight state title]"

The recruiting trail is starting to heat up for Chisholm. He attended Junior Days at North Carolina, NC State, and South Carolina.

It also seems that many Big Ten and ACC schools are starting to get in the race. Michigan State, Illinois, Northwestern, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, and Clemson are all showing interest in him.

"I don't really any favorites not right now," said Chisholm. "Everybody is about in the same boat."

Chisholm is unsure of his summer camp destinations, but will be putting in the extra work to make sure he is ready to go when August comes calling.

"I'm just working on my cuts, working on getting my speed up, getting my vision better," said Chisholm. "You can always get better and that's just what I'm working on."

The extra work has already paid off. Chisholm recorded a 4.36 40-yard dash time at the Charlotte Shrine Bowl Combine in April. He also posted an impressive 34.4-inch vertical jump.

The bar is always set high at Independence and this year is no different.

"We will work hard – no slacking," said Chisholm. "We are expecting to win the state championship and go undefeated. And we're going to pass it down to our young kids and we expect to break the [national consecutive wins streak] record. Our young boys are going get the job done."

Just as his team goals for the season, Chisholm seems to be confident in himself but also seems to have a good head on his shoulders.

"I expect to be one of the top running backs in the state," said Chisholm. "Not slack off any, stay humble, don't get a big head, just have fun, and play football. God willing, if he gives me the chance to break records, then I will do it."

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