Rodrick Fisher, the 6-foot-2, 203-pound wide receiver from East Valley (Spokane), signed his letter of intent today and will enroll at WSU in January. Fisher was named an Army All-American in October.
Fisher dominated at the 2A level and is also a standout on the track.
Last spring, he ran the 100-meter dash in 10.6 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 21.26 seconds. He was the state champion in both events (check out these times from each meet).
But his football and track dominance is one thing. His path to today is another.
As you might already know, Rodrick Fisher was originally Rodrick Jackson. He was homeless and lived from house to house at times during his first two years of high school. He dropped out at the beginning of his sophomore year.
“There aren’t many good situations on the streets. I saw some ugly, scary sides of life,” he told The Spokesman-Review.
After searching for some structure, he confronted East Valley Head Coach Adam Fisher and shared his situation. Fisher decided to take Jackson into his own home.
After making Jackson part of the family, the Fishers were able to legally adopt Jackson, who changed his name to Rodrick Fisher.
The one snag was seeing if Fisher could play this fall. With him being short some credits, he wasn't able to graduate on schedule last spring. He applied for a hardship waiver, received it, and played this fall for the Knights.
KXLY featured Fisher's story, too. Grab your hankies:
The family even made an appearance on the Rachel Ray Show.
Rivals — ★★★
247 Sports — ★★★★
ESPN — ★★★
Position — WR
Hometown — Spokane, WA
Height — 6-foot-2
Weight — 203 pounds