Caldwell, George, Landers and Harness sign national letters of intent


By Greg Smart - gsmart@civitasmedia.com



Chazz George


Photos by Greg Smart

Rodrick Caldwell


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Signing from left to right are James Harness, Chazz George, Rodrick Caldwell and Trey Landers.


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Trey Landers speaks as James Harness observes.


Photos by Greg Smart

Four Wayne student athletes signed national letters of intent on Thursday morning at Wayne High School, including three Wayne basketball players and one baseball player.

Rodrick Caldwell inked his national letter of intent with Bowling Green State University.

“I’m really excited,” said Caldwell. “They’ve got a new coach Michael Huger and he played there, so I’m really excited to be under his wing and learn from him.”

Caldwell said BGSU recruited him the hardest and that Huger told him how much he “loved my game and the plans he has for me when I get there.” He said Huger, who was a point guard, plans to use him in pick-and-roll situations and understands the “trials and tribulations” of being a point guard.

“I love the atmosphere up there and I’m ready to go up there and make a change,” said Caldwell.

What does Caldwell have on his mind for his senior year?

“I’m trying to go back-to-back — back-to-back state champions,” he said.

Trey Landers signed to play his collegiate basketball at the University of Dayton.

“When I first went up there, I fell in love with everything — the coaches, the environment, the players,” he said. “They made me feel like I was really at home, which I actually really am…”

Landers said he doesn’t know how he’ll be used at this time. He said that however the coaching staff wants to use him, “I’m willing to do whatever it takes.”

Landers said it will be nice to play with his former Wayne teammate Xerius Williams and indicated they had talked prior that morning about them playing together at UD.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said Landers.

“I expect nothing less than a state championship,” said Landers when asked about his senior year at Wayne. “I feel like we have the tools and if we put everything together, I feel like we’re the best team in the state and we can do it again.”

Landers said he’s been successful because of his family and coaches.

“They’ve always pushed me to keep going thru no matter what adversity I’ve faced in my life and I think that’s probably the big reason why I’m where I’m at today,” said Landers. “My mom, my brothers, Coach Trice, Coach Parker…”

Chazz George, who played at Stivers last year, signed with the University of Findlay. He said that when he went on his unofficial visit, “they rolled the red carpet for me basically and it just felt like home. I know that I’m going with a great set of coaches and great teammates and I know I can see myself playing there.”

George said he thinks he will play right away at Findlay because of his defense and the threat that he can be at both ends of the court in a fast-paced tempo situation.

George said he attributes his success to God first and then his family, including his mom and grandmother.

“They’ve been there the whole way for me,” said George, who played at the guard and forward positions last year.

Concerning his senior season, George said he “most definitely wants to go out with a bang.”

“So, me being at a new school and new teammates — they have the same goal that I have which is winning and getting a state championship,” said George. “They got it last year, and I wasn’t with them last year, but I’m going to definitely win it this year.”

Wayne senior baseball player James Harness, a pitcher, signed with Eastern Michigan University.

“It’s a great opportunity for me — they’re going to give me a good chance to play early and I just really like the university and what everything’s about up there,” said Harness.

Harness said he might be used out of the bullpen or during the week as a freshman and gradually increase his playing time.

Harness talked about his goal for his senior season as a pitcher at Wayne.

“I want to help the team get a Central championship in the GWOC (Greater Western Ohio Conference),” said Harness. “I think that we had a chance last year; I think we’ll have another good chance this year to compete and just looking to make it as far as we can in the tournament.”

Harness was asked who he attributed his success to.

“I think — just God, a lot of talent and my family — they’ve put a lot out there for me, and my coaches — they’ve just made a lot of sacrifices to help me get to where I am today,” said Harness.

Chazz George
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2015/11/web1_BB_2.jpgChazz George Photos by Greg Smart

Rodrick Caldwell
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2015/11/web1_Caldwell.jpgRodrick Caldwell Photos by Greg Smart

Signing from left to right are James Harness, Chazz George, Rodrick Caldwell and Trey Landers.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2015/11/web1_HH_signing_179.jpgSigning from left to right are James Harness, Chazz George, Rodrick Caldwell and Trey Landers. Photos by Greg Smart

Trey Landers speaks as James Harness observes.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2015/11/web1_Landers.jpgTrey Landers speaks as James Harness observes. Photos by Greg Smart

By Greg Smart

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