Sunday, September 19

    Dodd makes it official


    North senior Jess Dodd didn’t think she could be more excited than when she committed to Kent State back in September of 2019.

    Then came Wednesday’s signing day when Dodd officially signed a National Letter of Intent to secure her future at the school.

    “It’s very exciting to be official,” Dodd said. “I’ve been waiting a very long time for this and beyond excited for the future.”

    While 2020 has provided many challenges for college coaches and recruits—and stripped Dodd of her junior season—she and her future teammates have done the best they can to keep in touch through technology.

    “We usually get an official visit to meet all our teammates but unfortunately we haven’t been able to do that yet,” Dodd said. “But, we have done the best we can to stay in touch with each other. We all are close and talk all the time.”

    Dodd will head to Kent State late in the summer and she already has spent time with her future roommate.

    Before she trades in her black and orange jersey for a blue and gold one, she’s got some unfinished business with the Rangers and that includes setting an example for the younger girls to follow.

    “My goals for senior year are just to be a great example for the lower classmen and just have fun and soak it all up one last year,” Dodd said. “I just want them to see that it doesn’t matter where you come from, as long as you put in the work and have a great attitude and are a great teammate, you’ll get to where you want to be. Hard work and dedication overpowers skill.”

    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.
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