MCS star quarterback Rodriguez heads to UTPB


One of Midland High School’s most exciting and talented football players is staying close to home.

On Thursday, Midland Christian senior quarterback Ryver Rodriguez signed a letter of intent in front of friends and family at the McGraw Event Center to play at UT-Permian Basin next season.

The Falcons get a productive two-quarterback, who led his team to the TAPPS Division I State Championship Game for the first time in program history and was a three-year starter for the Mustangs. The Reporter-Telegram Offensive Player of the Year and TAPPS All-State First-Team Athlete also passed for 2,036 yards, rushed for 1,889 yards and had 51 touchdowns despite a shoulder injury. for most of his senior season.

Rodriguez said UTPB is not only close to home, but has had a relationship with the coaches for a long time.

“They’ve been coming to our training since the second year, so I know them,” Rodriguez said of the UTPB coaches. “When I went to visit, I loved talking to them. They are really cool but they are ready to work hard every day, that’s what I like the most about them. The community is great. I I have people here in Midland and I can always come back to them. It’s a great program and they’ve grown. They’ve gotten better every year which is great and what you want in a program.

Rodriguez said he was in constant contact with UTPB assistant coach Rob Messinger throughout his senior year.

“I was waiting for them to offer and when they finally did, I took my visit (in January) and it solidified it for me,” Rodriguez said. “I also attended game tours during the season and spoke to the coaches. I like the energy that (head coach Justin Carrigan) brings, and that’s what pushed me exhausted to go.

MCS interim head coach Tim Anuszkiewicz and offensive coordinator Mason McClendon praised Rodriguez’s dedication and work ethic during the season.

“We asked a lot of Ryver this year,” McClendon said. “Week after week he gave us everything.”

Rodriguez said the plan is to redshirt his freshman year, which is fine with him.

“I’m excited to take the year off so I can grow, not just physically but mentally and learn more about the program, learn the offensive system, learn the offensive scheme and get a feel for college,” Rodriguez said. “It will be completely different from high school. I’m going to take the mindset during my redshirt year as if I was playing and try to improve. That way, in the future, when I have a chance, I can take advantage of it.

Rodriguez said he also looked into Southwest Assemblies of God University and Austin College.

“It’s an unreal feeling,” Rodriguez said of his signing. “I’ve always wanted to play college football. It doesn’t hit you at first, but once it’s official it hits me that I can play. I know the work doesn’t stop there, it’s okay just getting harder. I’m going to have to work harder. I’m glad I found where I’m going to be.

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