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Orange Park offensive lineman's recruitment includes FSU, Gators

Anthony Salazar

Heading into his senior season, Orange Park Raiders offensive lineman Roderick Kearney is being recruited to play college football by the top programs in the country.

As the school year ends, college football recruiting season heats up in the summer as schools battle each other to entice high school athletes to commit to their program. Kearney is a high-caliber offensive lineman who has over 30 Division 1 programs offering him a scholarship. Some notable schools are Florida State, Florida, Miami, Georgia, Auburn, and UCF.

Kearney is listed on the 247Sports website at 6 feet 4 inches tall, and 300 pounds. Kearney is the 112th best player nationally, the seventh-best interior offensive lineman, and the 22nd best player in the state of Florida, according to On3’s Consensus player rating. The On3 Consensus rating compiles the rankings from On3, 247Sports, Rivals.com, and ESPN to create an unbiased ranking for a player.

According to 247Sports analyst Andrew Ivins, Kearney is a mauler in the run-heavy spread attack at Orange Park, where he can get to the second level as a blocker. Ivins said Kearney needs to adjust to the speed of the game at the next level but views he can be a starter for a Power Five program and a potential day three NFL draft pick. Kearney currently plays right tackle but could find the most success inside as a guard or center, according to Ivins.

Even though he has not announced a list of his top schools, most recruiting websites predict he will commit to Florida State or Florida. 247Sports has Florida State as the only school currently that is warm on him, and Rivals.com’s Fan Future Cast has him at a 53% chance to commit to Florida State. However, On3’s Recruiting Prediction Machine has Florida at a 53.3% chance to land the offensive lineman while Florida State is in second place at 17.7%.

Florida and Florida State are very close to home for Kearney. The University of Florida’s campus is 48 miles away, and Florida State University is 156 miles away from Orange Park High School, according to On3.

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