March 30, 2010

Newest commit discusses decision

The Houston Cougars continued to fill the holes in the 2011 recruiting class in picking up Gilmer High School offensive tackle Michael Boddie[/db}. Boddie comes at a position of need as the Cougar staff looks to build quality and depth along the line.

Gilmer who is coming off the 3A state championship last season have put a numer of quality players into the college ranks all across the country and Boddie like others before him was excited to get the news of his college decision out.

"Yes Sir, I verbally committed to Houston today," said the 6-foot-6 270 pound tackle. I went down to the first junior day that Houston had earlier in the year and the offered me not long after that."

Boddie says the familiarity is already there with the big city and the fact that Houston is on the right track helped greatly in his decision.

"I'm pretty familiar with Houston already," he said. I have lived in Texas my whole life and I have family that lives there too. I like the fact that Houston is so close and that they have built a great program there. [db]Coach Sumlin is going to be there for a while and the offensive line coach (B.J. Anderson) and my offensive line coach here at Gilmer, they go back a while to when they worked together at Texas A&M, so I know him pretty well. I feel close to him."

Boddie has started since his sophomore year on the line for Gilmer and had the chance before that to learn from some pretty talented lineman who are now in the college ranks.

"Last year I played guard for my team just because we had a real lack of size last year, but my freshman year when I played behind David Snow (now at Texas) and Daniel Jenkins (now at Missouri) I played tackle. Then in my sophomore year I started at tackle and I will play tackle for my senior year and in college as well."

Coming from a program that is such a powerhouse like Gilmer who has established such a long tradition of winning really grows on players and Boddie is no different.

"Well, I definitely want to win wherever I go," said the athletic big man. "I'm not one who really likes to lose, but I moved into Gilmer my eighth grade year and I have loved it ever since. I don't think I have lost a game I have started in except for the Carthage game, so I really enjoy it here and I like the tradition."

While in the off season Boddie has kept busy with track and getting ready to make the most of his final season at Gilmer and beyond.

"Right now I am doing shot put and discus for track," he said. "Kenny Pettway who played here and has played in the NFL and CFL holds the record still for discus at the school and I would love to break that. Other than that right now I am just working out twice a day getting ready for football in the fall and then graduating at Christmas and heading off to play college ball."

Boddie was voted to the second team all-district squad for 17-3A in helping Gilmer to the 3A state championship.

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