Xavier Rhodes is a standout wide receiver prospect from Miami Norland High. Over the past month Xavier has been attending numerous combines in order to put his name out there on the recruiting scene. One school that has known about him is Florida State, and the Seminoles were one of the first schools to offer. On Saturday Rhodes made the trip up to Tallahassee to check out the campus and take in the Garnet and Gold game.
"It went real well this weekend. The game was nice, and I got to see the campus and speak to some of the players. They showed me what they were allowed to, so I got to see a lot. Getting the chance to speak with the coaches was nice, too."
The trip for Rhodes was his first visit to FSU, and he says emphatically that the visit blew him away. One aspect that he really liked was meeting Coach Fisher and the rest of the offensive staff.
"I was blown away by the visit. I had a really good time. I spoke to Jimbo Fisher and the whole coaching staff. They were talking to me about how they see me as a player, and they were gauging my interest in the program. They were asking me if I liked it there and stuff like that. I told them I am very interested and that I feel like I fit into the program. I like how they throw the ball a lot and get their receivers involved into the game. I like how they are aggressive and I really like the playcalling."
Xavier told NoleDigest that he was very impressed with the strength and conditioning program the Seminoles have in place. The demonstration that coach Stroud gave impressed several of the recruits this weekend, with Rhodes being one of them.
"I like the environment there and I liked the facilities. The weightroom and the strength and conditioning coach were great. You can see by watching the demonstrations and looking at the players that it works. They have some big dudes there. I could really see that they deal with a lot of weight and that they really set you up and get you ready for the NFL."
Overall, the visit for Rhodes was a great experience, so great that he thought about making a commitment to the Seminoles. Xavier explains that he saw the whole package on this visit, and that it really felt like home.
"As far as the game goes, I think they need some more work as an offense, but you can see they are getting there. I think they are going to be a great team and they'll be going far in the near future. I think I could come in and help the program a lot. I'm not saying they need it or anything like that, but I think I can come in and do some things to help the team."
"I honestly thought about committing during the weekend. I didn't because I have other schools to consider and they may be a better fit out there for me, but I am not so sure. I just felt really welcome there. People knew my name and they treated me like I was already on the team. They knew me as a player and were saying they can't wait for me to get there. There was a lot of support there from the fans and you could tell they loved the team. It just felt like home there."
After a great visit, Florida State placed themselves on the top of Rhodes list as the team to beat. The coaching staff was extremely impressive to him, and he doesn't know if a school will be able to match what he saw.
"FSU is my top school, and they will be for some time. The coaches are real cool and they understand the players and what they need. The staff there knows how to prepare you for the league, and with that strength program, they just know what stuff to do to develop you. I don't know if there is another school that can beat that."
Rhodes says that he doesn't have any plans set in place to visit other schools. He says next up on his list is probably a tour of camps this summer, and maybe some school visits in-between. If a school is going to supplant FSU as the leader, they are going to have a lot to so in the eyes of Xavier Rhodes. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Xavier and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.