Rhodes Remains On Verge

Many expected a verbal commitment from Jerrell Rhodes during his most recent visit to North Carolina two weekends back. However, the 5-foot-9, 192-pound tailback from Durham (N.C.) Jordan decided to hold off.

Rhodes is waiting on his mother's visit to Chapel Hill.

"My momma was on the way to come [two Saturdays ago] – I don't know what happened," Rhodes said. "She was going to come, sit down and talk to Coach [Kenny] Browning, but she couldn't make it."

UNC's coaching staff is now in the process of scheduling a date to host both Rhodes and his mother for a special unofficial visit.

"We're trying to set up something now to get her over there so she can ask her questions," Rhodes said. "And then I can really sit down with her and talk about committing."

Rhodes said that visit discussions are still in the preliminary stages and a date has yet to be set. He added that the visit will take place "soon."

To allow him to focus on his senior football season, Rhodes plans to make a verbal commitment before August 22, the date of his season opener. Thus, the UNC visit will take place before that point.

Rhodes believes "there's a good chance" he could commit to UNC when he and his mother visit the school.

"I like [UNC]," Rhodes said. "It seems like a family over there. I got like a very positive feeling about UNC.

"And I just want my momma to go there and ask some questions so that she can have that same feeling like I got. Because I know they're going to tell her everything that UNC has got to offer."

Ideally, Rhodes would also like to visit Illinois before making a verbal commitment. However, his time ,frame coupled with Champaign's distance from home, will make that very difficult.

"I just want to go down [to Illinois] just to see about the school," Rhodes said. "I was supposed to go down there a couple of weeks ago, but due to some transportation problems I couldn't go. I'm trying to reschedule it."

Location is a very important factor in Rhodes' decision, because of his strong relationship with his mother. However, he says his desire for proximity won't necessarily eliminate Illinois from contention.

Two weekends ago, Jordan participated in UNC's Beast on the Hill 7-on-7 Elite Camp. The Falcons posted a 3-2 record and lost in the first round of the Flight Two bracket.

"Everything went good," Rhodes said. "I was very excited to play on [UNC's] fields."

Outside of spending time with UNC coaches between games, Rhodes concentrated on helping Jordan in the passing league.

"[The UNC coaches and I] joked around a bit," Rhodes said with a laugh. "We got to know each other a little bit better."

Rhodes has been receiving extra attention from UNC's recruiting coordinator, John Blake.

"[He's telling me] that I need to be a Tar Heel, basically," Rhodes said.

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