For many 2009 prospects the recruiting process has been underway since schools were allowed to offer junior prospects. Xavier Rhodes is one of those prospects, as he's had many offers come in already. Besides the offers, he is getting a ton of mail from schools around the nation. "Recruiting is good right now. It's okay. I have offers from Florida State, Miami, FIU and others. Really I can't think of them all, as my coaches are handling my recruitment right now. I get a lot of mail from schools like Nebraska, Georgia, Tennessee, West Virginia, Rutgers and other schools from all over the country," stated Rhodes.
Florida State was one of the first schools to offer Xavier, and it is a school that he has a lot of interest in. The Seminoles are at the top of the list, but he tells NoleDigest there are a few schools he wants to check out to ensure that FSU is the place for him. He said, "FSU is recruiting me the hardest and they talk to me the most right now. I like the program, the coaches and their recruiting style. I think that is a program I fit into and can help out. I've been talking to them for awhile now, but I want to check out some schools to see what they have to offer. Schools like West Virginia, Tennessee, LSU and some other schools are the ones I am interested in. I like the competition level in the SEC."
A primary reason why Rhodes wants to get out seeing other schools is because he is thinking about enrolling early to the school of his choice. "I'm thinking about enrolling early," said Rhodes. "I want to check out these schools to see if they fit me more than FSU. Like I said West Virginia, Tennessee and LSU are the schools I'll check out first. I'm planning on going to some camps this summer, too. Right now I know I'm going to West Virginia, FSU, Auburn, FIU and maybe Miami and a few more."
An aspect that is making this process a little easier is the relationship Xavier has with former Norland star and current Kansas City Chief wide out Dwayne Bowe. Bowe often makes his presence known at his former school, and has taken a liking to Rhodes and his potential. Rhodes said he gets advice from Bowe on the process, saying, "Dwayne comes down and talks to me about the recruiting process and what to expect. He tells me its all about continuing to work hard and getting the job done, so that is what I'm trying to do. I know he played for Coach Jimbo Fisher at LSU, but he talks more about keeping the grades up and stuff right now."
Rhodes, who recently was measured at a combine in Miami, is 6'1" and 181 pounds. He says that heading into his senior year there are some things he wants to work on. "I want to work on my concentration with the ball. I think once I get that I'll be okay. I have good size and speed, but that can get better. I ran a 4.63 at the combine, but I know I can run much faster than that. I'm an aggressive and physical player and when I get the ball I am hard to take down," stated Rhodes.
Look for Xavier to not commit anytime soon. He wants to check out some other schools to see what is out there. He is looking for a few things from these colleges, and the one that fits his wants will win out in the end. He said, "I want to go somewhere where I can stay out of trouble. I don't have a major yet but I am deciding on that. Football wise I am looking for a good coaching staff and a team that believes they can achieve, and I want to play for a team that knows the meaning of working hard and sticking together."
Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Xavier and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.