You guys remember Cody Keith, the former Maranatha quarterback who we profiled upon his arrival. But his checkered history sparked questions, to the point that Yahoo! Sports followed up on our story with its very own, titled “The Curious Case of Cody Keith”. If you remember, camera crews followed Cody Keith during his time at Maranatha where his numbers were average at best. He would go on to enroll at prep school Cheshire Academy in Connecticut. Keith was heralded as a four-star recruit, according to a school press release, which also stated he was being recruited by numerous Division I schools before committing to play at East Carolina University. Now comes the fruition from hours of filming, a feature film — “The Hopeful“. I’m a big fan of documentaries, so you know I’ll be watching this one if I get the chance. The impression I got from spending some times with Cody and his family is they’re a humble bunch. I came away impressed with his Southern demeanor. I don’t consider myself as one of the “media types” who scrutinized or waited for him to fall. I did, however, wonder why he wasn’t as successful at Maranatha. A description of the documentary below:
Rising from the ashes of media scrutiny and surrounded by critics who are watching every step, waiting for him to fail, Cody Keith finds himself relentlessly chasing his dream to play big time college football. His family are his biggest supporters and make a sacrifice to move across the country embarking on a journey that will take them far away from their home in Charlotte, North Carolina. Amidst the immense pressure created by bad press, school transfers and college recruiting, Cody Keith finds himself on a personal journey of self discovery and realizes that playing the game for himself is the most gratifying experience he could have hoped for.