Introducing multi-sport athlete, David Roddy
David Roddy could be a local name to watch in more than one sport in the 2019 class.
The junior from Breck High School in Golden Valley has college offers in both basketball and football, also competes in the 100 and 200 meter events, the shot put, and the discus at Breck.
We saw him compete on the hardwood at the Nike EYBL event in Indianapolis in late April for Howard Pulley. At 6-foot-5, 248 pounds, he offers some match-up problems for the opponent.
He has offers from North Dakota, Northern Iowa, Lehigh, Richmond, Davidson, and Colorado State. He says he has heard a lot from Kansas State of late, and Princeton and Santa Clara have "introduced themselves."
Roddy exhibited the skill and athleticism to either play the pick and pop or pick and roll games. He could finish around the rim, but he also exhibited a nice perimeter jump shot. He has good vision and passing ability, and he displayed lots of vocal leadership on the floor.
"I am in a unique position," Roddy commented about his package of size and skill. "I'm a point forward type. I was the biggest kid all the way back in middle school, but my dad pushed me to bring the ball up. He told me in high school everyone is going to be taller, so I am blessed with my size and ability. Its a blessing to have the skills and talents that I possess."
Roddy said he had a relationship with former Minnesota assistant coach, Ben Johnson, but the talks with the Gopher staff have "kind of died down" since he departed to Xavier. The 2019 prospect says he hopes the communication will pick back up once the new staff is completed.
Another rarity in Roddy's favor is his talent on the football field as well. He also holds scholarship offers in this sport from North Dakota State, South Dakota, and Nothern Iowa.
"I am a quarterback," Roddy told us. "But I am at a small school, so I have to play both sides of the ball. I also play defensive end. College coaches are showing love for me as a quarterback though. Other colleges who haven't offered are talking to me, but aren't sure of the position. They will have to come and watch me throw, and then make their decision."
We asked Roddy to summarize his game as a signal-caller, and we also asked him if he is a traditional pocket passer, or is he cut out in the modern day cloth of a spread offense type of quarterback.
"I think I can give the best of both worlds," he described. "I can throw on the run, but I prefer the pro-style. I grew up in that offense. Due to personnel on my team, there is lots of spread and lots of scrambling due to numbers."
Besides previous relationships with the basketball staff, Roddy also stays in touch quite frequently with Minnesota receivers coach, Matt Simon."
"He is recruiting me pretty tough. I have been to a few Junior Days and practices at Minnesota, " Roddy explained.
Roddy's familiarity makes him a reliable source in assessing the direction that P.J. Fleck is taking the program.
"I'm definitely excited," Roddy said. "Growing up in Minnesota, there is a new turn and a new tempo during practices. Coach Fleck is doing his thing. Hopefully they will continue to get better the next few seasons."
An obvious question is will the multi-sport athlete stick with more than one game, or will he eventually make a decision to stick with just one.
"I'm definitely going to continue to play both in high school," Roddy declared. "I made a promise to my high school football coach that I'm going to stay with him for four years. I'm definitely going to play three my sports my senior year."
So does he have a favorite sport if he has to make a decision in college, and would it matter to him where he goes?
"At the moment, I love both sports equally. I'm keeping my options open. I'm just trying to enjoy the moment. I'm open to going anywhere, but it's convenient to stay in-state. We'll see where my options lie.