Week 3 Player Highlight

Dillon Ricketts, Commodore Williams, and Sam Agranoff

Week 3 Player Highlights

Each week, OSUFC will be highlighting three players so as to get to know them a bit more off the field. This week we will get to know Sam Agranoff, Dillon Ricketts, and Commodore Williams.

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Sam Agranoff, 1st year Midfielder & Biomedical Engineering Major from Gahana, Ohio

Q:  Favorite food, type of music? – “My favorite food is Skyline Chili, and I gotta go with country music as my favorite.”

Q: How many years have you been playing soccer? – “I’ve been playing soccer for 12 years.”

Q: What are you involved in on campus besides OSUFC? – “Classes take up much of my time. In between going to class, studying, and practice I haven’t had time to get involved in much else yet, but I am excited to get involved with other student organizations in the future.”

Q: What do you hope to do with your degree/what are your career aspirations? – “I would like to start my own company some day.”

Q: Favorite part of OSU life? – “Having stimulating conversations with the political activists that stand outside the union. There’s always someone there who enjoys a good conversation about where America is heading.”

Q: Do you have any pregame routines or rituals? – “I listen to music before every game and I also get in a bit of yoga on game days.”

Q: How has OSUFC helped you to become a better student, leader, and man? – “OSUFC has already had a huge impact on my life. Transitioning to college is a very difficult time for most freshmen. When I first got here I felt very lost and isolated. Once I joined the team, I had a sense of structure and a group that I could call home. The older guys have really taken me under their wing and helped on the field as well as provided advice about classes and majors. One of the guys has even helped me figure out what I want to do with my life. The soccer aspect is also amazing; getting out competing every day at training is a huge stress reliever and getting to play the game I love at such a high level, makes it even better.”

Q: What has been your favorite OSUFC moment so far? – “My favorite moment from OSUFC took place at a dining hall on campus one day after practice. Sometimes the younger guys on the team swipe in the older guys who no longer have meal plans, and on this evening I was at Kennedy Commons with some of the guys. TJ Schuster, a senior center back and electrical engineering major, was asking me about my major and how my classes were going. This turned into a 20 minute conversation about where we plan to be in 10 years, and it really made me feel like I had a home on the team.”

Q: What do you believe will be the impact or legacy that you leave with OSUFC? – “I really hope to help grow the team chemistry off the field. I hope I can create some traditions that last for many years to come and really help turn comradery of OSUFC into something even greater than it already is. “

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Dillon Ricketts, 4th year Midfielder & Finance Major from Pickerington, Ohio

Q:  Favorite food, type of music? – “Steak is Bae, and Alternative music never fails to get the juices flowing.”

Q: How many years have you been playing soccer? – “My birth-giver signed me up when I was 4 years old I reckon. Been running around kicking balls ever since. So going on 18 years now.”

Q: What are you involved in on campus besides OSUFC? – “I dabble a bit in Greek Life. I am a member of  the Sigma Pi fraternity.”

Q: What do you hope to do with your degree/what are your career aspirations? – “I hope to crunch numbers and give beneficial advice as a financial analyst working alongside my father at his law-firm or for one of his other businesses.”

Q: Favorite part of OSU life? – “The unique culture and pride that comes with being a student here. There’s nothing better than being a Buckeye.”

Q: Do you have any pregame routines or rituals? – “I enjoy listening to some crunchy tunes and infectious vibes before warming up to help put me in the right frame of mind.”

Q: How has OSUFC helped you to become a better student, leader, and man? – “OSUFC has helped me to become a better all-around person. This is due to the members of the team that I can fortunately call my friends. Every person on the team has unique characteristics, values, and beliefs that only help you grow as a person. It is a very positive and healthy group of people that I am fortunate enough to hang out with.”

Q: What has been your favorite OSUFC moment so far? – “Beating Dayton and then going to Lil Niko Strickler’s house to enjoy a team dinner. I really enjoy those type of bonding moments and I think it’s great for a team, especially after a good win.”

Q: What do you believe will be the impact or legacy that you leave with OSUFC? – “I hope that I impact the people of the team in a positive way. I hope to be a teammate that will be there to help off the field as well as on the field. I would like to be known as a role model or someone to be looked up to as a person and a friend, not only a player.”

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Commodore Williams, 3rd year Defender & International Studies Major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Q:  Favorite food, type of music? – “My favorite food would have to be my mom’s spaghetti carbonara, and I can’t say I have a favorite type of music because it depends on my mood. Although country is just barely tolerable.”

Q: How many years have you been playing soccer? – “I’ve been playing soccer since I was 3 years old, so 17 years.”

Q: What are you involved in on campus besides OSUFC? – “I work and coordinate two programs under the Office of Student Life’s Department of Social Change, am a member of Bur-Chi-O, am in the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, and am a member of Camp Kesem at Ohio State.”

Q: What do you hope to do with your degree/what are your career aspirations? – “I eventually want to work for the US Department of State or the United Nations, primarily in West Africa, to help in its development as an area of growing importance on a global scale.”

Q: Favorite part of OSU life? – “The amount of people. I get pumped every time I’m walking to class and see a person I know, and there always seems to be someone that I run into. I also think it’s awesome how many unique and incredible people you come in contact with because of its size.”

Q: Do you have any pregame routines or rituals? – “I listen to Beethoven’s 9th before every game.”

Q: How has OSUFC helped you to become a better student, leader, and man? – “OSUFC has helped me a lot with time management, because in order to really devote myself to the team I have to be on top of everything else that I do. It can be tough sometimes to take 2 hours out of your night with an exam or something coming up, but I just have to make up for it other ways.”

Q: What has been your favorite OSUFC moment so far? – “Watching fellow center back Craig Zahour get fired up and really competitive on the field is always an entertaining time.”

Q: What do you believe will be the impact or legacy that you leave with OSUFC? – “After getting hurt last season when I pulled my hamstring twice, I think I just want to be a testament to the fact that hard work pays off and you can always overcome obstacles.”