Stephen F. Austin can anticipate landing its own region's leading tackler on National Signing Day.

Wills Point linebacker Sloan Rodberg made the call Sunday to join the Lumberjacks program. His decision, which he announced through his personal Twitter account, came just after completing his official visit to Nacogdoches.

Incarnate Word was a second NCAA Division I FCS school in the chase for Rodberg.

Rodberg (6-3, 220) had a big senior year. He led the area in total tackles through the regular season and finished the campaign with 217 takedowns in just 12 games. Even though a handful of local players got to play up to 16 games, the Wills Point linebacker had managed to do enough to maintain his lead.

In addition to being the region's leader in tackles, Rodberg was the second-most productive player in the fumbles forced category. He recorded nine strips in 12 games.

Prior to the start of his senior year, Rodberg graded out as one of the better overall players at the invite-only + APEC Football Recruiting Combine. He tied for the seventh-best pro agility time among the athletes at 4.19 seconds, finished fifth in 225-pound bench press reps with 17 and recorded the event's second-best Kesier squat output with a lift that generated 3,518 watts of electricity.

Only John Tyler linebacker Shaundrick Williams had a better Keiser squat output. Williams created 13 more watts, less than half a percentage point higher than Rodberg.

Stephen F. Austin finished its 2016 campaign with an overall record of 5-6 and missed the FCS playoffs for a second consecutive season.

Four local players signed with the Lumberjacks program last year, and former Whitehouse receiver Trent Williams is transferring from Henderson State to Nacogdoches for his sophomore season.

Rodberg marks Stephen F. Austin's second successful East Texas venture of the 2017 recruiting cycle. Pittsburg receiver DeJour Dowell committed to the program in October.

All college football prospects currently in their senior year of high school will become eligible to sign with the school of their choice Feb. 1.

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