Caleb Roddy admits that he was leaning toward Arkansas or Mississippi State, but once LSU extended an offer his way, he committed without hesitation.
Apparently, the in-state Tigers had something the rest of the SEC teams could not offer.
In discussing his recruitment with SEC Country, the three-star strongside defensive end spoke candidly on the advantage LSU had.
Truth be told, there wasn’t much else any of the other SEC teams could do about it either, as the nation’s No. 19 strongside end in the Class of 2016 explained quite clearly.
“Arkansas was my No. 2,” Roddy explained. “The only thing they could do better is move their school to Baton Rouge. That’s what it came down to.”
If you could give a junior only one piece of advice about the recruiting process, what would it be? It’s not about the stars and the amount of offers you have. Keep grinding and you will get your chance.
What was the most creative thing a school or coach did to get your attention? On my unofficial visit to Arkansas, Coach Michael Smith let me sit in his new BMW. I think it was an M6. I also really enjoyed that they took me onto the middle of the field that evening and played a highlight tape on the Jumbotron. It gave me chills. It was an amazing experience.
What was the biggest rumor about you that wasn’t true? The biggest rumor was that I wasn’t interested in LSU at all. Early in my recruitment, I showed Mississippi State and Arkansas a lot of love so everyone assumed I wasn’t interested in LSU. Look at me now.
What’s the biggest secret you kept during the recruiting process? The biggest secret was that I waited for LSU to offer me. It was pretty obvious when I committed on the spot.
What is the funniest thing any head coach said to you during the entire recruiting process, either on phone or in person. A head coach never really said anything funny, at least that I can remember. I do remember the Arkansas assistant defensive line coach (Rory Segrest) told me to leave my girlfriend at home on my official visit. We all know what that means.
What was your biggest regret during the recruiting process? Not taking all of my official visits. I only took one to LSU.
Describe the impact of cost of attendance on your recruiting? That had no affect on my decision.
Which coach was it the hardest to say no, that you weren’t coming there? Coach Brick Haley at Texas. He was such a cool and down-to-earth coach. I really enjoyed the relationship I had with him.
Which school disappointed you the most during recruiting? TCU. They were high on my list, but after my visit there, they seemed to stray away from me. I don’t know why. They never offered me either.
Which college would you have considered more seriously if they had offered you earlier in the process? Oklahoma or Florida. I really liked those schools, but I didn’t really hear much from them. Oklahoma seemed like they were about to offer me at one point, but they never did. I heard nothing from Florida, but I like that school.
How much negative recruiting was out there? Not too much. I wasn’t a very high-rated guy, so I only got praise when I would show out at the camps I went to. There wasn’t much negativity. The negativity only came from the fans really.
Which head coach of a team that you did not sign with was the nicest? Coach (Bret) Bielema at Arkansas. He’s a great guy and an outstanding coach.
Which coach was not the nicest? Coach (Gary) Patterson at TCU. He was just very short and he seemed like he didn’t want to be there. It was odd.
If you were in charge of the NCAA, what’s the one rule you would change with recruiting? I would take away all the dead periods. I don’t really understand why they have them. They can get confusing.