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Rising Star: 2015 Watch List ATH Rodrick Archer

2015 Watch List ATH Rodrick Archer (6’1, 200, 4.41) of South Plantation holds verbal offers from USFUCF, and Cincinnati.

He spoke about each program that’s offered.

“Really, I was shocked because the offer from USF came out of nowhere, but I was happy to receive the offer and I’ll definitely be considering them.

“The relationship between me and UCF is amazing. I’ll probably take another unofficial visit there over Christmas break.”

The trip to Orlando will be his third. He unofficially visited with his cousin recently, 2015 RB Jordan Scarlett of University School, one of the best running backs in Florida. Archer talked about what stood out on his first two visits.

“The atmosphere is incredible, I love it,” he said enthusiastically. “There’s nothing I can complain about. The dorms are nice and the facilities blew me away. UCF has an indoor practice facility and not every program has one. I really like the stadium and the gameday atmosphere they create there is awesome.”

The Bearcats are also actively recruiting the South Plantation speedster.

“I have a good relationship with coach Eddie Gran and I like what the Cincinnati program has to offer.”

Archer attended the Miami/FSU game last month as an invited recruit. He talked about his experience in Tallahassee.

John Franklin was our quarterback last season at South Plantation, he signed with the Seminoles last year. We got to meet up with each other, he introduced me to some players after the game and he talked about his experience so far in the program. I had a really good time.”

Not only are the Seminoles interested, but the Hurricanes are stepping up their efforts to recruit Archer to Coral Gables.

“I receive letters almost daily from Miami in the mail and they stopped by school last week,” he shared. “They couldn’t say much, but the staff likes my size and that they need me at safety. I hope UM offers soon.”

He reports that UCF is currently recruiting him the hardest and explained why.

“I hear from them almost everyday and I like the way they’ll utilize me in their scheme. I’d be playing some nickel coverage and drop down in the box to defend the run as a linebacker.”

Archer is staying in shape this offseason by running track, where he hopes to compete in the 4x100M relay, but will concentrate on running the 100M. His personal best time is 10.87 seconds.

He’ll also attend a Nike combine in hopes of qualifying for ‘The Opening’, try out for the South Florida Express 7-on-7 team, and attend camps at Miami and FSU.

The standout junior said he’s not concerned about the recruiting process and receiving more offers.

“I’ve changed my whole attitude about it. Now I’m being patient, letting the process come to me. If what I have now is what I have at the end, I’ll think the process went well for me and I’ll be happy at USFUCF, or Cincinnati.”

– Michael Bradley

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