COLUMBUS, Ohio – Izzy Rodriguez, a midfielder from Canton, Mich., has signed a national letter of intent to join Ohio State’s 2017 recruiting class, head coach Lori Walker announced Wednesday.
“I chose The Ohio State University because of their excellence in academics and their strong commitment to athletic programs,” Rodriguez said. “The genuine excitement and interest the coaching staff showed in me, as well as the beautiful campus, told me from day one that this just felt like home.”
Rodriguez, who also has eight years of club experience with the Michigan Hawks, started to receive call-ups with the U.S. U-17 national team in 2014. Rodriguez played in all three matches at the 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship in Granada, helping the U.S. to a regional title and a berth in the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, where she played in a pair of the team’s group stage matches. In all, Rodriguez has 14 U-17 caps to her name and currently is one of 30 players called into the U.S. U-19 national team camp in Sunrise, Fla.
On the club level, Rodriguez was a captain of the Michigan Hawks, helping the team to the 2016 U-17 ECNL national championship. The team was Michigan State Cup champions in 2015 and state and regional champions in 2011 and 2012.
“Izzy is one of the most versatile players in this class,” Walker said. “She has played the 2/3/6/8 positions in club and with the USYNT programs. She has U-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup experience from last fall in Jordan and is currently in Florida attending U-19 USYNT camp. Izzy is a hard competitor that plays with a smile and will have an immediate impact with our team. Her attitude and love for the game are contagious inspirations to her teammates. Her passing range, high fitness level and understanding of soccer will mesh quickly and complement our returning player’s squad.”
Rodriguez, who played basketball and ran track at Salem High School, is the daughter of Robert and Audrey Rodriguez. She has an older brother, Tommy.