NY Athlete Wants to Play RB

Damien Rhodes is set on playing RB at the next level. The 6'1", 195-pound back has the size and speed (4.34 40) to be able to do just that.

In his first season at RB last year, he rushed for 900 yards and 19 TDs.

"We had 3 backs that split the carries last year," the senior from Fayetteville-Manlius High School in Manlius, NY explained.  "It's mostly just me this year."

Damien also plays free safety on defense, and had 45 tackles and 5 interceptions last season.  However, he definitely wants to play RB in college

"Some people have asked me which one I wanted to play and I told them running back," he said.

That suits 7 schools just fine as they have already offered Damien a scholarship to play RB.  Those schools, in the order mentioned by Damien, are Syracuse, Michigan State, Boston College, Wisconsin, Pitt, Rutgers and Maryland.

There were several reports claiming that Penn State offered Damien a scholarship.  Damien said that was not the case.

"Penn State showed interest, but they wanted me as a DB or receiver," he explained. "They later said I could play running back if I wanted, but they said it too late."

Apparently, that was not the only reason he hasn't been in contact with Penn State and Jay Paterno since that initial conversation.

"I'm just not really interested in the school," he admitted.

Michigan was Damien's favorite team growing up, and they are very interested in him.

"Coach Parrish called the other day and said to me over the phone that they were offering me," he said.  "But, I didn't get anything on paper yet."

However, he added that an offer from Michigan would not necessarily put them at the top of his list.  The top spot on his list is occupied by Syracuse right now, with Michigan State and Boston College close behind..

"Syracuse has a little bit of an advantage because they're closer to home," he said.  "They're about 10 minutes away."

Damien has been to Syracuse several times, including once this summer for a camp.  He also attended camps at Michigan State and Boston College, and enjoyed them all.

He will make a decision after his official visits.

"I'm going to Michigan State on November 3 for the Michigan game," he said.  "I'm also going to Boston College for the Notre Dame game.  I'm looking for a good business school, and a place that has a tradition of winning, where I can play early."

Damien plans to major in business management.

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