Tyler Dodd and his father Shawn Dodd always have enjoyed a special relationship. That’s why Tyler’s commitment on Thursday to continue his education and football career at John Carroll University was so special.
It was a birthday gift to his father, who doubled as his high school football coach at Eastlake North.
“It’s pretty special to me because without him I wouldn’t be in this position I am today,” Tyler Dodd said. “He’s molded me into who I am on and off the field.”
John Carroll began recruiting Dodd following his sophomore season and remained in close contact.
That helped Dodd to develop a strong relationship with the coaching staff and earlier this week he decided John Carroll was the perfect fit.
“John Carroll is getting my all-time favorite player,” Coach Dodd said. “He has been around the game his entire life. Ty gets and embraces the process and loves the weight room. He did a little bit of everything for us playing defense, offense, and special teams. Some games he never came off the field. Ty has the ability to play multiple positions so we tried to take advantage of his athleticism.”
Dodd, who scored the first postseason touchdown in North school history this past fall, is expected to play in the defensive secondary at John Carroll.
He recorded 24 ½ tackles and picked off a pass as a senior.
“Defensively, they’re looking to keep me as a defensive back, whether that be safety or corner,” Dodd said. “I think I will fit in pretty well considering my range as a player. They can throw me in any coverage or scheme and I’ll pick it up pretty quick.”
Dodd is the second North player to commit to John Carroll this week.
Louie Severino announced his commitment to the school on Wednesday and the two are likely to wind up in the same defensive backfield.
“I knew Severino was heading to JCU and I knew that could be a very fun defense to be a part of with him at corner,” Dodd said. “I tried not to make it that important towards my decision but I’m excited he’ll be there too.”
Dodd, who will major in Psychology and Exercise Science, closed out his high school career with plenty of memories and a lasting legacy.
“Coming into the senior season felt special,” he said. “I knew our slow start to the year wasn’t who we really were. Losing kept our class up at night. It was a special moment when we clinched the school’s first-ever playoff spot. I’ve gone to the playoffs before at Gilmour Academy my freshman year, but this time it was more special. It was at home; it was my senior year and at my dad’s alma mater, who was also our head coach. There are too many memories, but one I’ll never forget is the crowd storming the field after we had beaten Chardon to clinch the playoffs. That was a crazy moment. North High football will be back to week 11 shortly.”