Former Maranatha QB Cody Keith is “The Hopeful”

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.

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  • Ed

    He’s committed to which school? East Carolina State? Never heard of them.

    Do they play near Greenville, NC, home of the East Carolina Pirates? Must do better.

  • bigfatfan

    he is on the roster for the Pirates:
    http://www.ecupirates.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/ecu-m-footbl-mtt.html

    but actually, who cares. he and his family were carpet baggers. it took him a fifth year in high school to earn a college scholarship.

  • The Yawn!

    Just when the critics were right, They remained right. Bunch a hype about nobody special.If he were special he’d be at Florida,Texas, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan.Oregon, USC,shall I go on. Wake me up when it’s over!

  • Golden Cutlass

    While the jury will be out for him for at least the next couple of years as he grows into a college quarterback it will be interesting to see how fast he can pick up the higher level game.

    On the comment of where he is going to school, East Carolina University was the #8 ranked offense in the NCAA for 2010. Dominique Davis, who only had 4 weeks of practice as the year started, was the #1 ranked QB in the NCAA for 2010. Coaching matters. ECU now throws the football for a living, not a hobby. Plus he was born and raised in North Carolina.

    Re his “fifth year in high school” it was actually only HALF a year. He enrolled at ECU in January 2011 after graduating in December 2010. The “extra” time in high school was to meet the greater University system core course requirements. Yes, that was a result of his Dad moving him as much as he did.

    He’ll probably red-shirt 2011 and practice for the 2012 starting job but there is a Texas gunslinger ahead of him on the charts.

  • One word…..classic!!!!

    Just when I think MM you couldn’t surprise me anymore…POW!!!!!

    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.