Dodd picks Shepherd over Towson State

March 02, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

South Carroll's 245-pound running back Mike Dodd, one of the most dominant high school football players in Carroll County history, has decided to attend Shepherd (W. Va.) College.

Dodd yesterday chose Shepherd, a Divi- sion II school, after considering Towson State.

"Mike likes the fact that Shepherd is out in the county and things aren't so congested," said his mother, Donna, last night. "He feels comfortable over there."

Dodd, the Carroll County Player of the Year after rushing for 1,299 yards and scoring 14 touchdowns on 254 carries, said he was impressed by Shepherd from the start.

"I liked everything about it," said Dodd after his first visit. "Also they have a good criminal law major and I'm interested in that."

Dodd, a Baltimore Sun All-Metro first-team selection as a running back, probably will wind up playing defensive end or linebacker for Shepherd instead of running back.

Most of the collegiate scouts don't think he has enough speed to be a running back.

Mars Hill, a Division II school in Asheville, N.C., expressed late interest in Dodd as a running back but that didn't sway the Cavaliers' star away from Shepherd.

"I really don't care where I play," said Dodd, who rolled up nearly twice as many yards and points as the second-leading rusher and scorer in the county last fall.

In the final game of his high school career, Dodd carried the ball on almost every play on two touchdown drives in a 14-6 victory over Westminster.

"Mike had a great senior year for us," said South Carroll coach Gene Brown. "After a while, I ran out of things to say about him."

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