Meet the freshmen: Xavier Rhodes

As Florida State's freshman class arrives in Tallahassee in the coming weeks, NoleDigest will profile each athlete telling fans what to expect from every player.

Name: Xavier Rhodes
Position: Wide receiver

Why he chose Florida State: During Rhodes' recruitment, FSU was one of the only major school that came in right away and started recruiting him hard. Since his sophomore year in high school, the Tribe was on him hard and that is what stood out to him the most.
"I want to go to FSU because they've been recruiting me since my 10th grade year," Rhodes said during his recruitment. "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."

Rhodes chose FSU over Louisville, Mississippi State, South Florida and West Virginia.

Strengths: Rhodes will bring a toughness to the unit that they lose with the dismissal of Preston Parker and shows no fear on the field. Scout.com recruiting expert Scott Kennedy calls Rhodes "a big target that runs precise routes, knows how to find the seams in coverages and makes tough catches look routine. He is an extremely physical wide receiver in the passing game as well as a blocker in the running game." Rhodes demonstrates excellent body control and adjust well to the ball in the air.

Weaknesses: Although Rhodes is a fast receiver, who runs a sub 4.5 40 yard dash, he is not very quick out of the shoot. Kennedy says "His first step off the line needs to get a little quicker." That shouldn't be much of an issue once he is under the supervision of wide receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey and is forced to improve it in order to compete just in practice, which should turn over into games.

Chance of redshirting: 15% About 6 months ago, it looked like Rhodes would be best suited if he were to take a red shirt and use his first year in Tallahassee to get used to the college game. Since then, Preston Parker has been dismissed from the team, Corey Surrency was denied a second year at FSU and two other receivers, Rod Owens and Richard Goodman have been suspended indefinitely. That opens the door for any receiver who wants to come in and play which means if Rhodes can prove his physicality during fall camp, he will most likely earn a spot in the rotation once the season rolls around.

During his senior season in high school, Rhodes earned 6A FSWA All-State First Team Athlete and All Dade County First Team Athlete honros.

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