By Ben Murphy
Harrison senior Cody Rodgers signed to play collegiate football at Alma College recently, leaving the Hornet standout excited to begin the next phase of his career.
“It feels great, it’s a sport I love to play and to be able to take it to the next level is just so exciting,” Rodgers said. “I’m really excited for it and I’m going to work hard to prepare for it.”
His high school coach, Mike Petrongelli believes that if Rodgers carries his work ethic with him to Alma, he will find success there as well. “He is a very hard worker, on and off the field,” Petrongelli said. “He is very tough, hard nosed player. He is very smart and makes few mistakes. He is the type of players coaches love to have on their team.
He will be successful in college (for these reasons). His work ethic, intelligence and toughness will get the attention of his coaches.” Rodgers was a vital piece to the Hornets this past season, running for 467 yards and eight touchdowns on 95 carries and finished with a career total 976 yards and 13 scores on 176 career touches. The tailback seemed comfortable in his decision to sign with Alma.
“When I went to Alma the people there really made me feel like it was going to be a really good place and made me feel welcomed, like a family,” Rodgers said. “The coaches that are there are really encouraging and easy to talk to. I’ve always loved playing football and it just seemed like a really nice place for me to start back up.”
Rodgers, who plans to study health science, added he hopes to catch on with the Scots as a running back or return specialist and knows that his work to do so begins now.
“They’re sending me a workout regime that they want me to do and I just have to stay on top of that and not slack off,” he said. “I know it’s going to be faster and tougher, high school to college is a lot different. I just have to get it into my head to dedicate to work hard and keep up with the guys to make myself a better player.”