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Angelo Rodriguez senior receiver Anthony Homa does it for his family back home.
Homa, who moved to California from New York state, is on the opposite coast as his family. All they can do is watch live streams of his games right now, and Homa knows that he has to put on a show for them every time they tune in.
Leaving my family back home in New York – there’s a lot to play for,” Homa said. “More than just the game. I love the game of football, but they live stream the game, so when I see them watching, I’ve got to do my thing so I make them proud.”
When Homa played for Grand Island High School, located in Erie County and just 15 minutes away from Buffalo, Homa brought in 35 catches for 479 yards in nine games, alongside 28 rushing yards and 46 return yards in Grand Island’s run to a playoff trip.
Those numbers ranked among the best in New York, as his 479 receiving yards were No. 66 in the state.
He certainly built off that at Rodriguez High School, where he is playing for his idol and a former Buffalo Bills 1,000-yard receiver, Stevie Johnson.
Through four games, Homa boasts 43 catches for 591 yards and six touchdowns. His 591 receiving yards are the most in the Sac-Joaquin Section and the sixth-most in California, according to statistics available on MaxPreps.
In one of those games, Homa had 17 catches, but that is just what he expects out of himself whenever he straps on the helmet and pads.
“I always say, everyone knows this, 20 catches is my goal every game,” Homa said. “That’s my goal again. I’m locked in. I want to finish this season as a top five, top 10 in the state of California. I’ve got a lot of work to do. As a team we’ve got to win each game.
Someone Homa said he owes a lot of success to is Johnson, whose commitment to Homa and the program is second-to-none.
“I can’t even,” Homa said. “Words don’t even explain it. Without him, it’s all tough. He did everything. Helped me train. He just developed my game, my mindset. Without him, it would have been a different story for sure. Mindset wise, he just told me, he tells me every time, ‘Be physical. Be that guy.’ And with all the work we’ve put in, just make sure that the dude in front of you can’t guard you, so that’s the mindset I come into every game with.”
With all that Homa has poured into the sport, his grind to the top has him hearing from schools on the recruiting trail, including a recent conversation with Dixie State following that 17-catch outing in the season opener.
Homa said other schools have also been in contact.
“It’s going well,” Homa said. “I know I’ve got a lot more work to do, but keep doing it every day. Keep pushing.”
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