Two-Way Prospect Likes UCLA

The 6-3, 220-pound running back/defensive end Leonard Rhodes from Walnut (Calif.) High has high interest in the Bruins, having attended a handful of games during the fall...

Walnut (Calif.) two-way prospect Leonard Rhodes (6-3, 220) has been starting to see his recruitment pick up here in the early going.

"Recruiting is going pretty good, I'm getting a lot of attention," said Rhodes. "I haven't gotten any offers but it's going pretty good right now."

Rhodes said four schools are standing out for him at this point.

"UCLA, USC, Colorado State, Oregon, and that's about the only ones I'm hearing from right now," said Rhodes.

Rhodes even has an order to the four schools.

"UCLA is first, then Oregon, then USC and then Colorado State. I'd also like to hear from Arizona some," said Rhodes. "I feel like the offers will be coming from those schools soon too."

The Bruins were one of the first to recruit Rhodes.

"UCLA is first because they've been around a long time and I went to a couple of games there. They're really fun and it's fun to go in the locker room. Coach (Todd) Howard emails me and I've talked with him."

A running back and a defensive end, Rhodes said most schools are looking at him for the latter, though if he had his pick, he'd stay on offense.

"I think they're trying to get me as a defensive end, but I would rather play on the offensive side of the ball because I think that's where I'm the most valuable at," said Rhodes. "I haven't really gotten in to defense. I'm a lot like Brandon Jacobs, that's my favorite player. We have the same body type and I can break off long runs and more tackles than most backs."

Rhodes said he doesn't even mind expanding his offensive repertoire, provided he can stay on offense.

"I would try to play the running back position, play halfback, or try to play the slot position or tight end. But I feel offense is the spot I can make the most plays," said Rhodes.

Rhodes said a few factors will play into his decision.

"I have to be able to get good schooling. Academic-wise, it needs to be strong. They have to have what I want to major in, which is criminal justice," said Rhodes.

Rhodes isn't in a rush to decide, wanting to take some time in the early stages.

"I want to go through the process and visit a couple of schools," said Rhodes.

Rhodes is coming off a junior year in which he ran for 1,061 yards and 21 touchdowns and had 500 yards receiving. Defensively, he added 21 tackles. He was named First Team All-San Gabriel League and All-CIF.

Academically, he has a 2.7 GPA and is taking SAT prep classes.

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