Xavier Rhodes has long been a commitment to Florida State. With ties to the coaches and his desire to be a Seminole, the commitment had been a long time coming. Entering his senior season Rhodes was considered one of the top athletes in Dade County for 2009, thus he was expected to lead his Norland team into the playoffs. According to Xavier his season didn't go as planned as he felt he didn't perform up to the standards he had set before the season started.
"We didn't make the playoffs this year so I am kind of disappointed in my season," said the 3-star wide receiver. "I think I could've done a lot better as a player and a leader this year. I needed to step up more and concentrate more on the season. I really feel like I dropped too many passes this year. There is no excuse because if the ball hits my hands I need to catch it. I also fumbled some this year which really messed up my season. The fumble I had against Carol City….I'm still not over it. I just has to work through it now."
Now that Rhodes' senior campaign has come to an end he plans on turning his attention to the weight room as he prepares for the North Florida vs. South Florida All-Star game. For Rhodes he looks at this game as a chance to redeem himself for the season he had.
"Right now I'm just spending all my time in the weight room so I can get ready for the North Florida vs. South Florida All-Star game," explained Rhodes. "I want to have fun before I go to college so I want to use this game as a chance to prove myself. I can't let this season go yet and I am going to use it as motivation in this game to show that I am a better player then what I showed this fall."
Florida State coach James Coley was in town earlier this week visiting Xavier. Rhodes says the visit went well as they talked about the off-season and what position he'll likely play at FSU.
"Coach Coley came to see me," said Rhodes, "and I thought that was pretty cool. We mainly talked about how I have been working out and how the coaches want me to keep doing that so I can be ready. They've already seen my transcripts and stuff so that is all okay. We also talked about how I will likely start out at wide receiver and go from there. They think I can play multiple positions, but they want me to come in and focus on one so I can become a complete player."
Xavier told NoleDigest that he plans on taking a few visits to ensure that FSU is the overall best fit for him and his future. One of the issues with that, though, is that schools just aren't talking to him at this time. He says that fact may change soon as some other BCS schools are coming by over the next week.
"I think I am going to take a visit to USF," said Rhodes. "They've been one of the schools that's been talking to me even though I have been committed. Some schools kind of backed off me because they felt that they couldn't get me to change my commitment. I told the coaches at USF that nothing is closed until Signing Day, and that if I see that the things they've been telling me are true, I may consider changing my mind."
"Other then them FSU is the only other school that's been talking to me," continued Rhodes about his recruitment. "Alabama is supposed to be coming by to see me and some other schools have told my coach they want to talk to me. Right now I don't know who the other ones are."
When asked the status of his commitment to the Noles Rhodes says that it is soft mainly due to the fact he wants to see other schools. He says that he gave the coaches at FSU his word, and that in the end he doesn't see himself making a switch
"I would say that I am a soft commitment to FSU," expressed Rhodes. "They've been the only school that has been recruiting me really and they were the only school I was talking to when I committed. My coach told me after I made the decision that other schools were interested and that I should have waited."
"Really, though, I gave the coaches at FSU my word and that is my bond, so I can't see a switch (on Signing Day)," said Rhodes. "I want to go to FSU because they've been recruiting me since my 10th grade year. I went up to camp that year, did well, and fell in love with them. At the end of my 11th grade year they really started talking to me a whole lot. I am happy to be a Seminole for sure, but I want to make sure I weigh out all my options."
Look for Rhodes to make his official visit to FSU in January. Until then stay tuned to NoleDigest as we track Xavier's recruitment, as well as the rest of the prospects from the 2009 recruiting class.