Boca Christian Football Stars Commit to Universities
By: Stephanie Fonseca
Boca Christians Football program has been evolving over the years. After bringing in former NFL players on to their coaching staff, the program got a face lift.
After their almost perfect season of 9-1 back in 2013, the team has continued to maintain their dedication to excellence.
The hard work from this season played off for two players so far, Quarterback for the Boca Christian Blazers, Ryan Rhoden, and Running Back, William Craven.
This past week both players signed to partial rides and committed themselves to a university.
Ryan Rhoden, committed to Jacksonville University, a Division 1 football program in Jacksonville, Florida. Rhoden got a 95% football scholarship to play for the JU Dolphins, and turned down offers from Davidson College and The Citadel, a Military College in South Carolina. “I’m really excited about playing for Jacksonville University, they’ve sent me my workouts already, so I’m excited to get started on that.” Rhoden will be transitioning back to be playing as a wide receiver, but he is embracing the change and ready to start the hard work so that he can be the perfect fit for the team.
Craven, signed with Division 2 team, Southeastern University of Lakeland, Florida. Craven is excited for the new step and ready for the challenge of college football. “It’s a great feeling, football is something that I enjoy, so I’m excited to be having the opportunity to play.” Coming off of a sprained right ankle injury, Craven looks forwards to working hard so that he could get game time as a freshman. Craven was given a half ride scholarship to play for SEU.
Having two players sign to football programs, head football coach and former NFL Player, Clay Shiver, is more than proud. “They’re not just great players, they’re great young men. And I feel that that’s what sports needs today. The sports arena needs more men of integrity that can still be great players,” said Coach Shiver. “ I believe they’re going to make an impact very early, so I’m excited to see what they’re going to do at the next level,” completed Coach Shiver.