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From NY to CA, Homa primed for special senior year

Anthony Homa ranked 66th in receiving yards in New York last season. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Anthony Homa ranked 66th in receiving yards in New York last season. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Originally from Buffalo, now Rodriguez High School senior receiver Anthony Homa looked up to one of the top receivers in Bills history.

“Stevie Johnson,” Homa said. “I’m from Buffalo, so he was the main guy I watched.”

Just a few years removed from an NFL career that spanned eight years and saw Johnson notch three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons from 2010-12 in Buffalo, he is now the head coach at his alma mater, Rodriguez.

And Homa has joined Johnson, his idol growing up, for his final season at the high school level following a successful time on the east coast before moving out to the west coast.

His junior season was one of the top ones in all of the state of New York. At Grand Island High School, located in Erie County and just 15 minutes away from Buffalo, Homa hauled in 35 catches for 479 yards in nine games, alongside 28 rushing yards and 46 return yards to help Grand Island to a 4-5 record and a spot in the playoffs.

Homa’s 479 receiving yards ranked 66th in the state, and that’s when he realized he was a different player on the football field.

“Mainly my junior season,” Homa said. “Led the team as a junior in yards, ranked 66th in the state of New York and I got picked fifth out of the top 100 of New York, so that’s when I kind of knew there was a chance I can take something special. That was my main thing.” 

Since the move from Grand Island to Rodriguez in Fairfield, Homa has boosted his stock even more and grown – as noticed at two recent showcases this month in the Exposure Academy Football Showcase, run by Johnson, on Sept. 4 in Vacaville and then the Xclusive Speed Bay Area Top 100 Showcase the following morning.

In the three weeks prior to the Exposure Academy Football Showcase, Homa put on 12 pounds of muscle. 

“I just put a lot of weight on,” Homa said. “It’s not even fat. It’s a lot of muscle, so a lot of improvement in the past couple of weeks, so just continue to go big.”

Entering his senior campaign, which has been pushed back a few more months, Homa is motivated to help out his family in any way he can – just like his head coach.

“Provide for my family,” Homa said. “A lot of things we can’t afford, a lot of things that we need in life that we can’t get, so that’s the biggest motivation is work for it because at the end of the day when you sign that million dollar contract you don’t need to worry about anything else.”

5 Comments

  1. Kirk Kinney on September 24, 2020 at 10:37 am

    This kid is gonna be special. It all started to be for real when he attended “GOLD FEET GLOBAL” In January of his Sophomore year 2018 . https://goldfeetglobal.org/ in Ft Lauderdale Fl. His dad and I jumped into a car and drove there with him and his sister overnight from WNY and he jumped out of the car from that trip that morning and started training. He has blossomed into one of the most dedicated men I know. He is a true inspiration to his team and anyone who he comes in contact with. He has the drive and the determination to excel. He realizes that anything worth while takes a lot of hard work. Division 1 teams are going to fighting for him to come to there college. So remember that NAME.
    It will be on the back of a College Jersey and God Willing A PRO Jersey some day soon… “H O M A” #1

  2. Zane Johnson on September 24, 2020 at 11:31 am

    This kid started from the bottom. I was one of his first trainers in buffalo for a couple years. This kid is hungry. Exceptional footwork that will eat up any defensive back he goes up against. Anthony Homa could be what every kid dreams of being. Now as he is rising to the top. He is proving every single person wrong. Proud of you brother

  3. Kirk Kinney on September 24, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    This kid is gonna be special. It all started to be for real when he attended “GOLD FEET GLOBAL” In January of his Sophomore year 2018 . https://goldfeetglobal.org/ in Ft Lauderdale Fl. His dad and I jumped into a car and drove there with him and his sister overnight from WNY and he jumped out of the car from that trip that morning and started training. He has blossomed into one of the most dedicated men I know. He is a true inspiration to his team and anyone who he comes in contact with. He has the drive and the determination to excel. He realizes that anything worth while takes a lot of hard work. Division 1 teams are going to be fighting for him to come to there college. So remember that NAME.
    It will be on the back of a College Jersey and God Willing A PRO Jersey some day soon… “H O M A” #1

  4. Michele Rathmann on September 24, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    So proud of you Anthony!!!!! Hard work pays off and I’m so glad you are showing your generation how it is done!!!!!!! I can’t wait to say I knew him when he was a “bitty kid from The Island”. Keep up the great work.

  5. Caleb messing on September 27, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    That’s my cousin killing it❤️❤️❤️❤️ Good job Anthony you deserve this

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