Rhodes updates recruitment

It's been a busy week on the recruiting front for Clay Rhodes, as the Stilwell (KS) Blue Valley junior left tackle picked up a handful of new BCS offers - the most recent coming Saturday from Arizona State. So things have understandably been a little hectic for the 6-foot-6, 265-pound prospect.

"Right now, it's pretty crazy," Clay Rhodes said. "There are so many coaches to talk to, there are so many phone calls I have to make. It's pretty overwhelming right now, but luckily all the coaches I've been able to talk to are great guys."

Additionally, last week Rhodes visited Oklahoma unofficially, and took in a spring practice with the Sooners.

He and his father had a great time, he said, and added that the most notable aspect of it was "all the trophies." As the only recruit in attendance, Rhodes got a great deal of individual attention.

"They said they're going to come see me work out in May," he said. "And they're going to be bringing with them an offer hopefully."

A little more than two weeks ago, Rhodes attended a practice at the University of Kansas, where offensive line coach Tim Grunhard and Head Coach Charlie Weis reiterated their interest in him as the left tackle of the future for the Jayhawks.

Sunday night, he spent some time with Weis on the phone, and the first-year head coach again made a positive impression.

"The thing I like about Coach Weis is he's brutally honest," Rhodes said. "He said 'I'm not going to give you the recruiting spiel. I'll be honest and say that we want you here at Kansas. It's the backyard team, your parents live five minutes away.' And he said I've seen everything at the practice they had and he thinks if I came to KU I could start early."

In recent weeks, however, it's the Missouri Tigers who have emerged as the leader for Rhodes' services, while the Jayhawks were - previously - fairly low on his list.

What he's seen and heard from the Kansas coaches has helped to change that to a degree.

"Now that I have the chance to talk to Coach Weis more, they're definitely higher up on my list," Rhodes said.

This weekend, Rhodes will visit Oklahoma State for the Cowboys' spring game and, hopefully, come away with yet another offer. After that, a potential return trip to Kansas and first unofficial to Northwestern are in the works.

While he doesn't have an exact time frame, Rhodes would still like to commit to a school "pretty soon."

Check back with Scout.com for more on his recruitment as it develops.

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