Intriguing RB Prospect for Knights

Running back may not be an extremely high priority for the Knights in this recruiting class, but there's an underrated local prospect that is waiting on a UCF offer.

With scholarship options at several BCS schools in the midwest, Kedrick Rhodes has made it clear exactly where he wants to go.

Last year, Trinity Catholic (Ocala, Fla.) went 12-2 and fell in a 21-17 heartbreaker to Pahokee in the State Championship game. Kedrick Rhodes, who accumulated nearly 1,700 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns in Trinity Catholic's memorable season, is expecting big things from himself and his teammates this upcoming year.

"We're working on [winning the championship] starting now," Rhodes told InsideKnights.com. "We just started summer workouts. Our coaches keep telling us that championships are built in the weight room."

Teaming with Rhodes will be a handful of other talented players, including potential blue-chip receiver Kadron Boone and Dionete Ponder, both of whom have been offered by UCF. Rhodes said that he's excited about all the talent Trinity Catholic will have next year.

"It's real good because when one of us isn't getting things done, there's help from teammates to fill the job. We have a lot of talent on both sides of the ball."

With so much talent, it's no wonder why expectations are high in Ocala. The team has two of the most dynamic skill-position players in its classification and one look at Rhodes is all it takes to realize he has the ability to make an impact on the next level.

"I'd say my strengths are my vision and my ability to cut. I can get in and out of cuts real quick. Right now, I'm trying to improve my power in the weight room. I am squatting 525 lbs. I weigh 180 lbs. right now too and I think I play good at that weight."

With 4.5 speed and decent size (5'10"), Rhodes has combined production and measurables to draw offers from four schools as of now, several of which are BCS schools with some national prominence.

"I have offers from FIU, Iowa, Northwestern, and Kansas."

While Rhodes is happy with these offers, it is Central Florida that he really is holding out for.

"I've always wanted to go [to UCF] since I got to high school," added Rhodes. "It's right down the road. So is the University of Florida, but I don't like the Gators too much."

Rhodes stated that location was a huge factor for him and that the offers to the schools in the midwest might be a little too far away from him. The Knights though, are a team he really has interest in.

"Yeah, I still like them, hopefully they offer."

In an April interview with Scout.com, Rhodes said that UCF was one of his favorite schools and he told InsideKnights.com in our interview that he would be willing to commit right away if UCF offered.

Rhodes said earlier that he thought UCF would offer after he visited the school and he plans on heading there this summer. He has already taken a trip to FIU and will take another visit this summer. He also is planning on going to Iowa.

With the versatility (and willingness) to play either running back or receiver, Rhodes has a lot of potential and if the Knights extend an offer, they will likely be the ones harnessing that talent for the next four years.


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