Recruitment moving quickly for Rhodes

Things are moving a little fast in the world of Clay Rhodes right now. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound junior left tackle from Stilwell (KS) Blue Valley has claimed four Division One offers in recent weeks as his recruitment shifts into another gear.

Things are moving a little fast in the world of Clay Rhodes right now.

A 6-foot-6, 265-pound left tackle from Stilwell (KS) Blue Valley, Rhodes is one of the most talented prospects in the Kansas City region from the Class of 2013. And while recruiting attention is nothing new - programs have been showing him interest all year long - in recent weeks things have gone to a whole new level.

With the ink barely dry on National Letters of Intent for the Class of 2012, college coaches throughout the country have only just begun to turn a serious eye to the junior class. And in the blink of an eye, Rhodes has collected four scholarship offers, from Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri and Tulsa.

All of it has caught the humble young man more than a little off-guard.

"Coming in to this season I had no Earthly idea at this point that I'd have four D-1 offers," Rhodes said. "But I'm very honored because all the schools are great, and I enjoyed talking to the coaches and going to a couple Junior Days."

In recent weeks, he has visited a pair of programs for their Junior Day recruiting events - first the Kansas Jayhawks on Feb. 11, and last weekend the University of Tulsa.

He left Lawrence, Kan. extremely impressed by the Jayhawks - the most recent program to extend an offer - and the same held true of his trip to Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane were one of the first programs to reach out to Rhodes, and he's enjoyed getting to know the coaching staff.

"It was just a great experience," he said. "I love what Tulsa has to offer, football and academics. I was really happy with how it went."

This weekend, Rhodes will travel to Manhattan, Kan. for Junior Day with the Kansas State Wildcats, and shortly thereafter will take an unofficial visit to Missouri. After that, trips to Iowa State and Northwestern are on the docket in the weeks ahead.

Rhodes does have a timeline in mind. After he wraps up this round of unofficials, he would like to take some time to narrow down his choices, and then take return trips to the colleges he sees as potential good fits - this time analyzing things from the perspective of a regular student rather than a football recruit.

After that, he'd like to narrow things down to a top three and then, if all goes according to plan, make a decision during the summer.

"It would be really nice to commit somewhere and get all the pressure off my shoulders," Rhodes said.


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