Wenonah’s Kaitlyn Rodgers committed to Ole Miss this morning, choosing the Rebels over Southern Mississippi.
Rodgers is the reigning Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 5A Player of the Year and the AL.com Birmingham Region Player of the Year. She averaged 7.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks a game for the Class 5A two-time state champion Dragons.
“I like the feel, I like the environment and I love the people,” Rodgers said. “I feel like it’s the best fit for me. They stayed on me and never stopped recruiting me.”
Both Alabama and Auburn stopped recruiting Rodgers last year when she struggled with grades. She now has the grades and ACT score necessary to qualify.
“I love Alabama, coach (Kristy) Curry and all that, but I guess they didn’t have that much faith me,” Rodgers said.
The 6-foot-2 forward was also a member of the ASWA Super 5 and first-team selection.
Rodgers was most dominant when the Dragons needed her. In the state tournament semifinals and championship, Rodgers scored 23 points, grabbed 20 rebounds, blocked 14 shots and added nine steals. She earned last season’s Class 5A state tournament MVP, her third straight selection to the All-Tournament team.
“I wanted to commit early because I really want to concentrate on school,” Rodgers said. “My grades are good right now, and I want to concentrate on my team. I just want to be focused.” Complete article