After a solid week at the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas that saw him record three tackles, including one for loss and block a key extra point try, Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe three-star defensive tackle Zeek Rodney is ready to shift his focus to making a college decision.
The 6-foot-1, 260-pound defensive tackle is down to five schools, with a few very important visits coming up. Rodney has already taken official visits to Charlotte and Marshall and will official visit Syracuse the weekend of Sept. 17. He's still trying to work out trips to Boston College and the most recent school to offer, Wake Forest.
"I've got my official to Syracuse next month and I talk to [defensive line] Coach [Tim] Daoust a lot," Rodney said. "He's been to my house and talked to my parents and he seems like a great coach. He's telling me that I'll have a chance to play early there, too. We'll see what happens on that trip."
Rodney is also hoping to take a visit to Boston College, one of the first schools to extend an offer earlier this year.
"I'm talking to Coach Al Washington but we haven't talked in a little while," Rodney said. "I haven't picked a date to go on an official visit with them but hopefully I get to take it there because I only have one open slot left. I like Boston College, they were the first ACC school to offer me and they have a great running back that was up for the Heisman so that's impressive."
Since Dave Clawson took over the job at Wake Forest he's turned up the heat on recruiting and Rodney is one of the new coach's first targets.
"They just got a new coach and I didn't know they had interest in me until this past Monday," Rodney said. "My coach came down and told me about them then I talked to one of their coaches on Facebook and the offered. I haven't seen the campus yet but I hope to next month."
As far as the Thundering Herd, one of the schools the most aggressive in getting Rodney on campus for an official earlier this fall. They remain in the mix.
"I like the campus I like the position coach, the players that are there," Rodney said. "I'm going to have a chance to play early there too and it seems like they're on the rise. They went to the conference championship game this year and even though they lost they seem like they're on the right path."
Rodney's visit to Marshall was back in early November for The Herd's 61-13 win over Southern Miss. He came away from the trip very impressed.
"I liked the atmosphere there," He said. "There was lot of fans and a lot of loyal people there. They said that the community is very involved with the football team and the community really supports the program and they love the football team and they stay involved in it."
After he visits the Orange and either Boston College or Wake Forest next month, Rodney will be ready to make a decision.
"Since my last visit will be Jan. 24 I think my decision will be sometime after that but before signing day."