Amari Rodgers: A Decommitment and a State Championship

Written By: Amari Rodgers and Evan Miller
Published Thursday, December 24, 2015

Aye y'all what's up! This is Amari Rodgers and this is my first diary in awhile so I have a lot to tell y'all!

Last time I wrote a diary, I was committed to USC and was very happy with my decision, but recently I decided to decommit and reopen my recruitment. I haven’t talked to a lot of people about why but I want to do so now. People have been asking me questions on why I decommitted and what was the reason behind the decision. A bunch of false ideas and rumors were swirling around about why I made the decision, but I am here to set the record straight. I decided to make the decision to decommit because when I was committed I wasn't able to get recruited as much and I was not able to enjoy the process, and every time I talked to a coach it was "ahh we don't want to mess with you because you’re committed and we think you are going to go wherever your Pops is at" and I kind of got tired of hearing that. I thought if I decommitted I would be able to enjoy the process more and be able to consider my options! I only get to go through this process once and I want to be able to make the most of it and enjoy it to its fullest potential. In order to do this and make the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity, I made the decision to decommit from USC.

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A lot of people thought that my future would be tied with my dad’s future as well, and since there was speculation that he wouldn’t return to USC I decided to decommit. That wasn’t the case at all. Speaking of my dad, he just became the Offensive Coordinator at USC, so there is no longer any speculation as to whether or not he will be returning to the staff next year. I'm extremely proud of him and he definitely deserves that job! He is one of, if not the best, Wide Receivers coach in the country, not to mention a top 5 recruiter too, so him being promoted will definitely help them out even more in recruiting!

Knoxville Catholic's Amari Rodgers (3) runs for a touchdown past Pearl Cohn's Michael McCutcheon (34) during the Class 4A state high school football championship game at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)
Knoxville Catholic's Amari Rodgers (3) runs for a touchdown past Pearl Cohn's Michael McCutcheon (34) during the Class 4A state high school football championship game at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

This year I accomplished a lot on the field! I broke or tied three to four records, I won a state championship, and I also won the Mr. Football award. To win the Mr. Football award was a blessing and an honor that will stick with me for the rest of my life. Now I am motivated to do it all again and win it again next year. There are going to be a lot of people coming to take that award from me next year and I want to make sure that doesn’t happen, so I have to work even harder to keep it. To win a state championship was probably the best experience I have ever had playing football. Knowing that you are the best in your state is awesome and something that all athletes should strive for.

After winning Mr. Football
After winning Mr. Football

Winning a state title was very special to me because that has been one of my dreams since I was a little boy. We started off the season slow, only winning two of our first six games, but we stuck together as brothers and won nine straight. On our journey to the championship we defeated the top three ranked teams in the state and showed that we deserved to be state champs. Nobody believed we could win except for us, but that’s all we needed. As long as we trusted our teammates and ourselves, we knew the sky was the limit. I was so blessed to play with the group of guys we had this year and I can’t wait to do it all again next year.

Me with the state trophy
Me with the state trophy

Well that’s all I have this time for my diary. Stay tuned as I will have other diairies coming out soon. Bless up and be the key to success, haha!

Peace,

Amari Rodgers

 

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