Florida RB Looking Hard at Hawkeyes

Kedrick Rhodes watched closely as Iowa running back Shonn Greene rumbled through college football last season. The RB recruit from Florida is thinking of following in the footsteps of Greene. Senior Writer Rob Howe caught up with Rhodes Monday night to see how his recruitment was going. Read all about it right here.

Shonn Greene's monster season of 2008 caught the attention of a lot of people, not the least of who are high school running backs.

"Yes, I watched him," said Florida prep Kedrick Rhodes. "I like (Iowa). I think it's a good school. I think I fit. They run the ball a lot. I like their offense."

The 5-foot-10, 168-pound Rhodes hails from Trinity Catholic High in Ocala, Fla. He returns for his senior season after leading his school to the Class 2B state title game a year ago, when he ran for 1,659 yards and 17 touchdowns and earned All-County Fist Team and FSWA All-State Second Team 2B.

Scout.com rates Rhodes as a two-star recruit on its five-star scale. The service ranks him as the 162nd best running back in the country for the 2010 class.

"I'm more of an elusive back, but I'm a power back at the same time," Rhodes said of his style.

Rhodes reports offers from Iowa, Kansas, Northwestern and Florida International. He said Central Florida and Florida State also are showing interest and he expects those schools to offer.

Distance to his home is not a factor in the decision, Rhodes said. He does not have a favorite or a hierarchy for the schools that have offered him.

"They're all pretty even," he said.

Rhodes said he was close to making a decision this summer, but decided to hold off on it.

"I'm not really close right now, I don't think," he said. "I still have a lot of thinking to do on what school to pick. And that will take a few visits, first."

Rhodes has yet to set up any visits, but expects to do so in the next few weeks. He hasn't decided which schools to visit.

The visits will play a huge role in Rhodes' decision, he said. He plans to choose the school at which he feels most comfortable with the college, campus and program.

"(The Hawkeyes are) recruiting me pretty hard," Rhodes said. "They like me. After watching tapes of me, they said they like my vision and my ability to cut and get up field."

Rhodes, who said he talks to Eric Johnson the most among the Iowa coaches, grew up a Florida State fan but he doesn't view the Seminoles as a dream school.

If Iowa could land Rhodes, he'd bring an added dimension with him.

"We go swing passes out of the backfield. We go screens. We have some plays when I go out in the slot," he said. "In our last game, I caught two touchdown passes."


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