It has become apparent early in the Missouri Tigers search for recruits to target for their 2013 football recruiting class that offensive lineman will be a big part of what they will be looking to sign.
The latest offensive lineman to receive a Missouri offer is OT Clay Rhodes 6'6" 255lbs 4.9 forty-300lbs bench –450 squat) from Blue Valley (KS) Stilwell.
ShowMeMizzou.com spoke to Clay Rhodes shortly after receiving his offer.
"It's pretty exciting," said Rhodes about picking up his first offer from the Tigers. "I spoke to Coach Hill and offensive line coaches Henson and Walker for a little bit, and then Coach Pinkel got on the phone with me and told me that they wanted me to come play at Missouri. I was excited! It's pretty crazy to think that I have my first offer from an SEC school."
Rhodes told me that he has followed Missouri for a long time and feels honored to have received the offer.
" Missouri is a fantastic program that I have watched now for awhile. They are a winning program and it's an honor to get this offer.They are a good school for academics and football, and them being in the SEC is real big with me. It's the top conference for competition, and it's where the big dogs play. If you want to be a big dog then you want to play there."
Apparently, Clay has some Missouri fans in his family on his Mother's side. He said he has heard a lot of good things about Columbia from them since they heard he was getting recruited by the Tigers.
"I am looking forward to coming there (Columbia) on the 29th for an unofficial visit," said Rhodes. " Some of my family have talked about how nice it is there, and there is this famous pizza place that they have sent some of to me, which was really good, and I liked a lot. Once they found out Missouri was in the mix they said I could eat there all the time if I went to school there."
Rhodes did not make it to Missouri's junior day because he had previously accepted an invite to attend KU's junior day. He spoke about his experience there.
"It was a good experience at the KU junior day. They said to expect to hear something in a few weeks about a possible offer," said Rhodes.
Clay, who plans on majoring in business in college, will be busy on the road the next few weeks looking at more schools he is interested in.
Rhodes hopes to narrow things down to a top 3 schools after those visits, and would like to pick a school sometime before his senior season.
"Academics come first. That is the most important thing to me. Finding the right school that I can succeed in my major. Then I would say the coaching staff. I want to be around guys that can make me a better football player and be the best that I can be," said Rhodes when describing his criteria he will be looking for to help pick a college.
Clay Rhodes Junior Highlights