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Seniors ponder the road ahead

Two QBs face college selection

Posted: December 23, 2008 10:28 p.m.
Updated: December 24, 2008 4:33 a.m.
 

For some local football players, the end of one chapter is simply the beginning of a new one.

With national signing day just a couple of months away, players have begun the process of narrowing down some of their options.

College-bound, gridiron athletes now look to take their talents to the next level.

However, the most difficult challenge these players face is the transition of not only competing at a higher level, but facing the reality of making a name for themselves amongst a bevy of other talented high school standouts.

But the consensus is that they'll just have to take it all in stride.

"You can't go in with the mindset that you're an all-star," Saugus quarterback Desi Rodriguez said. "I already know that I'm going to have to work my tail off. I have a great work ethic and I'll carry that over to college."

Rodriguez has yet to make a decision on where he will end up next fall, but he said location is the No. 1 factor in his selection.

The 6-foot signal-caller has received offers from the Air Force Academy, Portland State, West Point and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Rodriguez said it's also important that he find a program that is tailored to his dual-threat style of play.

He's being recruited mainly as a quarterback but Portland State's run-and-shoot offense is seeking him for a wide receiver position.

Rodriguez finished his senior season with the Centurions completing 111-of-186 passes for 1,655 yards and 16 touchdowns. He's most recognized as a running threat having rushed for 1,783 yards on 243 carries, scoring 20 touchdowns.

But despite where he ends up, Rodriguez said he is up for whatever challenge he faces.

"It's bigger boys and I'll have to take bigger hits," he said. "I'll have to get into the weight room but I've learned that hard work really pays off."

Canyon quarterback Jordan Adamczyk is also contemplating his college career.

The 6-feet-2-inch, 185-pounder has been contacted by Southern Utah, Fresno State, University of San Diego, Idaho State and North Dakota State.

Adamczyk completed his first year as a starter at the helm of the Cowboys offense, completing 173-of-280 for 2,622 yards and 26 touchdowns. He led the Foothill League in passing yards.

Adamczyk said that aside from location, team personnel plays a significant factor in his decision-making process.

"The coaching staff is very important," he said. "Also the type of offense they run. I would be open to anything but ultimately I'd like to go somewhere I can play. But I like learning new things."

Adamczyk also acknowledged the importance of having to start all over at the bottom.

"It's going to be tough. I just got to keep working harder and build my way back up the ladder," Adamczyk said.

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