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For Columbus OL Ryan Rodriguez, Army All American Pledge ‘A Dream Come True’


What was once a dream became a reality for Christopher Columbus offensive lineman Ryan Rodriguez. He’s officially an Army All-American.

Rodriguez, a three-star center committed to the University of Miami, received his invitation to play at the 2021 All-American Bowl Thursday, accepting it just minutes later.

“It’s an honor to be recognized as an Army All-American,” Rodrguez told 305Sports. “It’s something I grew up watching and it’s a dream come true.”

Ranked as the No. 6 center in the 2021 cycle by 247Sports’ Composite, Rodriguez (6-foot-3, 280 lbs) actually started at left tackle for the Explorers last season en route to an 8A state title.

Blocking for Ole Miss true freshman Henry Parish, who rushed for over 2,300 yards, Rodriguez’s impressive junior resume earned him first-team All-State and first-team All-Dade (8A-6A) honors.

Rodriguez will be joined by five-star Plantation American Heritage athlete James Williams and three-star Miami Palmetto wide receiver Brashard Smith as the only UM commits to play at the All-American Bowl.

It’s expected to take place January 9 at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio. The Adidas partnered event will be broadcasted live by NBC.

Michael Yero covers the Miami Heat, Miami Hurricanes, Miami Dolphins and South Florida High School sports for 305Sports. He’s born and raised in Miami, currently attending Immaculata LaSalle High School.

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