Many of the top college football prospects wait until National Signing Day in early February to announce which school they will attend.
Others make their selection early but later change their mind and commit to a different school instead.
Then there are those like Denham Springs High defensive end Caleb Roddy, who committed to LSU in early June and cruised through the remainder of the recruiting process drama-free.
Nonetheless, when Roddy makes his longstanding LSU commitment official Wednesday during an 11 a.m. signing ceremony in the Hornsby gym, the 6-foot-5, 265-pound senior expects the magnitude of the moment to hit him like a thousand pass rushers.
“I’m most likely going to cry,” Roddy said. “I’m not going to lie. I’ve put so much into the journey. It’s like a reward for all the hard work.”
Roddy had already accumulated 31 scholarship offers by the time he attended an LSU football camp last summer, where he showed enough potential to warrant an offer from LSU coach Les Miles and committed on the spot.
That’s pretty much where his recruitment ended.
Now Roddy will become part of an LSU signing class most major recruiting services project as the best in the country.
“Its an honor,” Roddy said. “I really appreciate the coaches from LSU for believing in me and extending that opportunity.”
As a junior in 2014, Roddy finished the season with 78 tackles, 20 tackles for a loss, 12 sacks and five pass breakups. He followed that up with an equally impressive senior year, making 71 tackles, 25 tackles for a loss and 11 sacks.
The co-defensive MVP of District 4-5A as a senior, Roddy played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Carson, California, on Jan 3.
He recently earned a four-star rating from Rivals.com.
“His growth just continues,” Denham Springs coach Dru Nettles said. “He’s got a tremendous upside.”
In other recruiting news, Walker High linebacker Kyle Nevels is expected to sign with Louisiana-Monroe.
Nevels, who carries a 3.7 GPA, also received scholarship offers from Ball State, Central Arkansas, McNeese State and others. He played only one season at linebacker after starring as a tight end for the Wildcats his junior year.
Live Oak has four seniors who have signed scholarships to play softball at the next level.
Middle infielder Lauren Brown signed with McNeese State, second baseman/outfielder Ally Howard with LSU-Eunice, catcher Katelynn McLin with Birmingham-Southern College (Alabama) and left fielder/courtesy runner Ashton Priester with Northwestern State.
Brown batted .505 last year with a .602 slugging percentage and stole 26 bases. Howard batted .415 with 27 RBIs, and McLin hit .321 with two homers. Priester had a fielding percentage of .800 and stole 16 bases.
Also, Denham Springs senior Bailea Fucich signed a softball scholarship with Pearl River Community College (Mississippi) last week. Fucich was one of the top hitters last season on a Yellow Jackets team that batted over .300 and also served as a relief pitcher.
Denham, Albany girls remain perfect
Denham Springs and Albany each picked up two wins in girls basketball last week to stay unbeaten in their respective districts.
Denham rolled past Live Oak 44-26 before rallying to score a 52-48 home win against Zachary in a matchup of 4-5A rivals with unbeaten marks in league play. Albany improved to 3-0 in 7-3A with double-digit wins over Independence and Bogalusa.
In the Zachary game, the Yellow Jackets overcame a 17-point first half deficit on the strength of a 22-6 run in the third quarter. Tremeeka Spikes had a game-high 16 points, followed by Caroline Taylor with 13 and Lexi McMorris with 12.
The Yellow Jackets (21-2) entered matchups with Central and Walker this week with a 4-0 district record and riding a 15-game winning streak.
Albany (19-6) was set to face Jewel Sumner, a Class 3A semifinalist last year, at home Tuesday in a key 7-3A matchup before facing Class B power Holden in another home game Friday.