Zeek Rodney committed to play football at Wake Forest University during an official visit to the school this weekend.
Rodney tweeted Sunday morning: “Proud Day for me and my family. Y’all come watch me play at Wake Forest next fall. #GoDeacs,” and later confirmed his intent to attend the school.
Former Bowling Green coach Dave Clawson was hired as the Demon Deacons’ new head man in early December after 13-year coach Jim Grobe stepped down, and his staff immediately reached out to Rodney as a recruiting target. Previously the South Pointe senior had been coveted by Syracuse, Marshall, and Charlotte, schools he had officially visited, as well as Boston College, South Carolina State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Appalachian State.
Rodney finished his senior season with 77 tackles, including 16 for a loss, and 12 sacks and 27 quarterback hurries. He was heavily schemed against by opposing teams and was also hampered the first quarter of his season, but the 6-foot-1, 265-pound defensive lineman was still productive.
Those numbers paled in comparison to his ridiculous junior season when he was named the state’s Defensive Player of the Year by the High School Sports Report. Rodney racked up 27 tackles-for-loss and 26 sacks in a dominant season that garnered the attention of a number of Division I football schools.
Rodney visited Syracuse University on an official last weekend, but now he’ll be playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference for a different school.
Bret McCormick • 803-329-4032; Twitter: @BretJust1T