DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - Denham Springs star Caleb Roddy is gearing up for his final year of high school football. The senior defensive end also plans on wearing purple and gold in college, verbally committing to LSU in early June.
Roddy is a physically imposing young man, standing 6'5 and now weighing 260 pounds. Last season he made 79 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and registered 12 quarterback sacks during the Yellow Jackets 7-5 campaign.
We had the chance to visit with him after Denham Springs recent scrimmage against Alexandria Senior High School.
Jacques: Why did you commit to LSU early and what led to that decision?
Caleb: Because I knew it was the right one. There's no sense in waiting. All these dudes try to wait and post their top five. There's really no point in doing
that. If you know you've found the right school, go ahead and commit. That's how I felt.
Jacques: So you weren't interested in a big production, with five hats, something like that?
Caleb: For a second I thought about it. But, that's a little immature for me. So I just said commit. And start working, you know?
Jacques: What role did Coach Ed Orgeron play, in getting you to commit?
Caleb: He was big, because I built a really good relationship with him. I felt like he was telling me the truth. Some of the schools I went to, I felt like they
were just telling me what I wanted to hear. But with him, I knew it was 100% facts. And I really liked his enthusiasm. He really gets behind his team and I love it.
Jacques: Have you dreamed about playing in Tiger Stadium?
Caleb: I really have. Because I keep hearing how amazing it is. And I went to a game and man, it was crazy. I really want to have that experience. I get to say I played in Tiger Stadium. That's just the greatest thing.
Jacques: This is a long way off. But do you think you could play as a freshman? Or would you need a year of weight lifting, etc, to get ready?
Caleb: I haven't given it much thought. I think if I worked hard enough, I could play as a freshman or probably not because of the roster they have. They have some guys stepping up already. If I did, it would be awesome. But regardless, I'm going to work as hard as I can.
Jacques: Former Denham Springs defensive tackle Tevin Lawson committed to LSU, but didn't end up there (signed with TCU in 2013).
Caleb: I don't know what happened there. Everyone said they pulled his scholarship and gave it to somebody else. That's why a lot of people were worried about me committing so early. Because they didn't know if they were going to pull it or not. But from what the coaches told me, they love me. They're 100% behind me.
Jacques: What would you like to major in?
Caleb: Probably sports medicine. Or something like that. Sports medicine or business, I'm still kind of sorting everything out.
Jacques: What are you looking forward to this year? Your last year of high school football.
Caleb: We have to capitalize off of last year, because we finally won in the first round of the playoffs (Denham Springs beat Woodlawn 34-7 for the school's first postseason triumph in 25 years). That was fantastic, so we have to build. We have some guys stepping up into some big roles. So I'm just trying to lead us and see how far we can take it.
Jacques: That was a big monkey of this team's back? Finally winning a playoff game?
Caleb: Finally man. Finally (laughs). It was a big relief. We weren't losing the fan base, but people were starting to doubt us. We finally showed them, that Denham is where it's at.
Jacques: What's it like to play here on Friday nights? I've been here for many games and it's always packed and your student section is nuts.
Caleb: It's electric man. They are craaaazy. That's the best student section (pointing) in Louisiana. By far. It's awesome. It's awesome to come to your home field, you have all your fans behind you, everyone's behind you and you're just playing great football. It's amazing.
Roddy and the Yellow Jackets play their jamboree at Dutchtown Thursday night and Sportsline Friday Nite debuts on WAFB-TV this week as well.