Valdosta High QB Tate Rodemaker commits to USF

The 3,500-yard passer shared a home stadium with Kerwin Bell’s old team
ALLIE GOULDING  |   Times   New USF offensive coordinator Kerwin Bell (center) has helped the Bulls land rangy Valdosta High quarterback Tate Rodemaker.
ALLIE GOULDING | Times New USF offensive coordinator Kerwin Bell (center) has helped the Bulls land rangy Valdosta High quarterback Tate Rodemaker.
Published June 18

USF's surge of recruiting momentum continued Tuesday when Valdosta (Ga.) High quarterback Tate Rodemaker announced via Twitter he intends to sign with the Bulls.

A three-star prospect (per Rivals) and the son of Valdosta coach Alan Rodemaker, he becomes USF’s second quarterback commitment from the Class of 2020, and the seventh player to give his pledge to USF since Saturday.

A 6-foot-4 pro-style QB, Rodemaker plays on the same home field as Valdosta State, formerly coached by new USF offensive coordinator Kerwin Bell. He led the Wildcats ― 24-time state champs ― to an 8-5 mark last fall in his first full season as a starter, earning first-team all-state honors in Georgia’s second-largest classification.

His final numbers (per MaxPreps): 235-for-374, 3,539 yards, 31 touchdowns, 10 interceptions. The yardage total is a Valdosta High single-season record.

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He joins Lake City Columbia dual-threat quarterback Jordan Smith in the ’20 class, which now features 12 commitments.

Contact Joey Knight at jknight@tampabay.com. Follow @TBTimes_Bulls.

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