The recruiting process for Teurlings Catholic third baseman Chaney Dodge was condensed into the span of a week.
A day after helping the Rebels complete the most successful season in school history, capped by a Class 4A state championship, recruiting went into overdrive for Dodge with an offer and a scheduled visit.
Dodge liked Northwestern State so much during his trip to Natchitoches last week, he decided to commit before embarking on his senior trip.
“You start to question at midseason whether this would be my last season of baseball,” Dodge said.
“It’s a great feeling to know that I will be playing another season of baseball.”
The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Dodge said he plans to sign with Northwestern State upon his return home either Saturday or Sunday.
“I had been hearing from McNeese and Nicholls,” Dodge said. “But Northwestern was the team I was really interested in. I visited before my trip and fell in love. All the coaches were awesome.”
Dodge will be the fourth member of Teurlings’ state-title team to sign a scholarship, while two other rising seniors have already issued commitments.
The Rebels, which finished with a school-record 35-4 mark and ranked as high as No. 12 nationally by Perfect Game, also have signees in pitcher Josh Taylor (Louisiana-Lafayette), along with LSU-Eunice signees in catcher Austin Kirkpatrick and center fielder Jacob Richard.
Moreover, shortstop-pitcher Hayden Cantrelle (Louisiana-Lafayette) and right fielder Nick Webre (LSU) are 2017 commitments.
“The talent level on our team was outstanding this year,” Dodge said. “You can look at the number of guys that are going to play at the next level. As a team, we always worked hard and stayed together. That’s how we got this thing done. We’re really family based. A lot of guys have the potential to do really well on the next level. It’s really awesome.”
Dodge was a two-year starter at third base, starting in all of 39 games this season. He batted .347 with a .508 on-base percentage, leading the team in hit by pitches (16) and tied for the lead in doubles (11).
Dodge scored 30 runs, registered 28 RBIs and stole 11 of 14 bases.
“They called and said they were interested in the way I played and liked to have kids like me in their program,” Dodge said of Northwestern.
Dodge was also a versatile member of Teurlings’ football team that shared the District 4-4A championship, finished 9-4 and reached the Division II select state semifinals.
Dodge played running back and fullback and rushed 32 times for 149 yards and four TDs. He also lined up at slot receiver and wide receiver where he caught 27 passes for 247 yards and six TDs.
“It’s weird how everything works out,” Dodge said. “One day you’re thinking what’s going to happen here or there, and the next day it kind of all falls into place. You look and think, ‘Why was I worried in the first place?’ It’s a really great feeling.”