JUCO Spotlight: Lindzell Rhodes

College of the Desert outside linebacker Lindzell Rhodes is having a successful sophomore season, which he hopes will translate into scholarship offers to four-year programs.

College of the Desert only has a 2-4 record, although that hasn't prevented OLB Lindzell Rhodes (6-2, 195) from shining.

Rhodes and his teammates dropped a 28-26 nailbiter to JUCO power Mt. San Antonio a few weeks ago, followed by a 52-50 win over Orange Coast, and a homecoming loss to Citrus in their most recent game.

"We came out flat in the second half against Orange Coast, but we got the W," Rhodes said. "I'm improving every week and getting more comfortable making plays. My confidence continues to go up.

"I'm making fast reads. In the Orange Coast game I had six tackles and a pass deflection. I had seven tackles against Citrus."

Known for his vicious hits, Rhodes laid out an unfortunate Orange Coast receiver who entered his zone.

"He ran a drag route and the quarterback threw the ball off his back shoulder," Rhodes explained, "and I threw my shoulder into the receiver. It took him awhile to get up.

"I play strongside linebacker and I'm open to anybody (four-year school) with a winning program. I'm open-minded. I'm told Valdosta State likes me, and I'm interested in Memphis and Arizona State."

Rhodes is looking forward to facing Baylor commit Gus Penning, a 6-4, 265-pound three-star TE with 4.6 speed, when College of the Desert tangles with Riverside on November 3rd (at Riverside).

"I want to keep making plays, and I want to really prepare to face that tight end," Rhodes said. "He's a big, strong guy and I'm ready to take on the challenge."

Rhodes prepped at Hahnville, a perennial Class 5A playoff program located on the outskirts of the metro New Orleans area.

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