Early Opportunity At Mizzou Motivates Rhodes

The Missouri Tigers recently hosted 4-star offensive tackle Clay Rhodes, whose verbal pledge they landed earlier in the year. He shared his thoughts on his official visit, possibly early playing time, and coaching changes at Mizzou.

The Missouri Tigers have had a busy couple of weeks for the football program hosted official visitors on recruiting visits and promoting coaches to fill out the coaching staff due to the departure of David Yost.

ShowMeMizzou.com caught up with Blue Valley (KS) 4-Star offensive tackle Clay Rhodes to get his thoughts on both happenings.

First Clay filled us in on his official visit.

"It was really awesome, I had such a great time. It really reassured me that I made the right choice,"said Rhodes." Evan Boehm was my host and everything was great. The school, the campus, the coaches, the players.Everything."

I asked Clay what stood out for him most on his official visit?

"Just the family atmosphere and how great the coach staff really is,"he said.

As fans saw this past season, the offensive line suffered a rash of injuries and was one of the biggest reasons the Tigers did not have the success that many originally thought they would this past season.

It also showed a need for a quality offensive tackle or two to step up in the coming 2013 season.

I inquired with Clay if early playing time was on his mind and if the Tigers coaches may have mentioned the possibility of him seeing the field next season?

"Yes actually they did mention that to me,"said Rhodes in regards to early playing time."It's just a great motivation for me in my offseason workouts, knowing that I have possibility to make an impact as a freshman. Need to get a lot bigger and stronger."

Finally, Rhodes, who has had schools such as Oklahoma and Stanford continue to recruit him, shared his thoughts on the promotion of Josh Henson to offensive coordinator.

"It's awesome! I'm so relieved that he stayed. All of the players that I've talked to at Mizzou say he's a football genius so I think that the role of offensive coordinator will suit him well,"said Rhodes.

The talented offensive lineman plans to sign with the Tigers in February and arrive on campus in June.

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