"I committed to Louisville on my visit," Rhodes confirmed.
Rhodes, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound three-star prospect, signed a letter of intent with Virginia Tech in 2009 out of Richmond (VA) Varina HS but was forced to attend prep school for a year.
"He's a stud and was a four-star kid coming out of high school," Varina coach Stu Brown said. "He had over 20 offers, five SEC, five ACC, Big East. When he narrowed it down he was down to Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Penn State. We're talking about a big-time football player. He's a special specimen."
"They told me there's a strong need for me at Louisville – that they need big tackles. They said they needed somebody like me to come in and start early for them," said Rhodes. "When they told me they had a big need for me that opened my eyes.
"When I came here I wasn't sure what I was getting into but meeting Coach Strong he made me feel like family. I felt like I wasn't away from home and I could have just stayed here and chilled. Coach Strong is great, he has got good vision of what he wants to do with this team and he's a winner. So I made my decision to come to Louisville."
Louisville was in the market for another defensive lineman after losing out on Miami Northwestern tackle Todd Chandler just before National Signing Day. UofL assistant Mike Groh had ties with Brown from his coaching days at Virginia and that relationship helped the Cardinals land a visit from Rhodes.
"Me and Mike are good friends," Brown said. "If Louisville can help the young man I can't tell you how good the kid is. I've been fortunate to coach two defensive lineman who have played in the NFL and this one is better than those two."
Rhodes is a major late addition to Louisville's recruiting class. He was rated the No. 8 prospect in Virginia by The Roanoke Times coming out of high school and was ranked the No. 48 defensive lineman in the country by Scout.com.
As a senior in high school, Rhodes recorded 48 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks to earn first team All-Metro Richmond honors.
"The facilities are great," said Rhodes. "The indoor facility was nice and the new addition to the stadium is nice. They've got a lot of things going on right now. And the fans are crazy and get loud. I enjoyed the basketball game a lot. Mike Privott was my host and I knew him before and he told me he's glad to have another player from Virginia."
Rhodes now returns home to continue working on becoming academically qualified to play next season. If everything goes well, Rhodes will be back at Louisville for summer school.
"They want me to enroll in summer school in early June," Rhodes said. "I think I'm set with Louisville."