Rhodes Labels UNC His Leader

Jerrell Rhodes says he was blown away by his experience at North Carolina's One-Day Camp over the weekend.

"UNC seemed like a family," Rhodes said Sunday afternoon. "I could really see myself going to UNC."

Rhodes, a 5-foot-9, 192-pound tailback from Durham (N.C.) Jordan, says that UNC is now his leader.

"It's close to home – close to my mom," Rhodes said. "I really could see myself going there."

Rhodes arrived at UNC Friday evening and immediately garnered the attention of the UNC coaching staff. He participated in all three sessions of the camp, working at running back under Kenny Browning.

The highlight of Rhodes' stay came during his meeting with Butch Davis. Rhodes left Chapel Hill with a scholarship offer from Davis.

"I thought it was a good chance [that I was going to be offered] because I have been training and working out a lot," Rhodes said.

"[The offer] means a lot. I was really grateful that he offered me.

Rhodes has also received scholarship offers thus far from Akron, Ball State, and Buffalo.

Throughout the camp, Rhodes spent a great deal of time talking to Browning, his recruiter and potentially future position coach.

"He let me know how UNC was and what it could offer me," Rhodes said. "He talked about getting a good education, getting a degree, and they see me as a home run hitter at running back. They said that I could be a feature ‘back."

Rhodes says he could make a verbal commitment to UNC "very soon."

"I just wanted to talk it over with my family because it's a decision that's really going to affect me for the rest of my life," Rhodes said.

However, there are a couple of things Rhodes would like to accomplish first. He plans on unofficially visiting UNC again with his mother and sister, two influential figures on his collegiate decision that have yet to see the campus. And he also wants to make a visit to Illinois, a school that has expressed strong interest and has said an offer is possible pending an unofficial visit.

This fall Rhodes will be a four-year varsity starter at tailback for Jordan. Last season, he averaged 7.05 yards-per-carry and ran for 16 touchdowns on 183 rushes (1,290 yards). He turned two of his 19 receptions into touchdowns and tossed two touchdown passes of his own. He had 281 yards in receptions and 134 yards on five-of-nine passing.

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