J'Marcus Rhodes always dreamed of playing football for an FBS program. The West Orange Stark (TX) ATH had picked up offers from Stephen F. Austin, McNeese State and Lamar, but he wanted better.
When SMU came into the picture and offered on Thursday, it didn't long for Rhodes to commit. On Sunday, he made it official and gave his verbal to SMU defensive backs coach Derrick Odum.
"I just wanted to commit to SMU because it was my first to my big time offer," Rhodes said. "I don't know too much about SMU yet, but I want to learn more. Right now, my commitment is pretty solid."
Rhodes said Thursday was actually the first time he's spoken to Odum but hopes to develop a good relationship with his future position coach.
"When Coach Odum offered, it was a big relief because I finally picked up that big offer. He told me to talk to my mom about committing so I did and she loved it," Rhodes said. "Coach Odum told me a little bit about the school, and I hope to be in contact with him more."
The two also discussed where Rhodes would be playing at the next level. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound athlete currently plays wide receiver and safety for West Orange Stark, but his future appears to be on the defensive side at SMU.
"Coach Odum asked me what position I wanted to play, and I told him I fine anywhere," Rhodes said. "He wants me to play defensive back though. I think I can do well there. I think I just need to get used to playing in college."
Rhodes says he plans on being on the Hilltop for an unofficial visit either for Houston or Memphis and is excited to see SMU play for the first time.
"I want to go to the next home game," Rhodes said. "I haven't watched them much, but I looked at their schedule from the last couple of seasons and saw they are going to bowls. I also know they are going to the Big East so that got me really excited."
This season, Rhodes has caught 19 passes for 350 yards and has also racked up 18 tackles and two interceptions. With his college decision out of the way, Rhodes is focused on leading his team to the playoffs.
But Mississippi State has also shown interest recently and if they offer, Rhodes will consider his options and ‘choose the best school.'
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