That's because the three-star recruit could make a major impact at defensive tackle, a position the Cardinals could use more talent and depth next season. A former Virginia Tech signee, Rhodes, 6'3, 280, played for Hargrave (VA) Academy last season, but returned home to Richmond this semester to work on his academics.
"He's finishing up some online courses from Brigham Young University and we're waiting for those scores to come in," said Stu Brown, Rhodes former high school coach.
Since committing to Louisville in mid-February, Rhodes has re-taken the SAT and made solid improvement over his previous attempts.
"His SAT score came up 40 points, which is huge," Brown said. "There's even more light at the end of the tunnel. He's just got to finish these online courses and we'll see where he stands. He won't need as good of grades with the online courses as thought because of his improved SAT score."
Brown said Rhodes still has about "another month" before he completes his online classes.
"We'll know more after he finishes those classes," Brown said. "He's taking a math and a science. We're not out of the woods but the future is looking brighter. He's still got work to do, but he's getting closer. Everything Louisville is talking to him is positive. They got a mighty fine athlete."
Rhodes 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, Rhodes recorded 48 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks to earn first team All-Metro Richmond honors.