Rhodes Down to Two

<b>Nathan Rhodes</b> is a 6-7, 300-pound offensive lineman who attends East Bakersfield High School in Bakersfield, California. Rhodes just spent last weekend basking in all that is orange and white while he officially visited the <b>University of Tennessee</b>.

"It was really good," Nathan told Dawgman.com tonight. "The stadium is awesome and the tradition down there is great. I really like the coaching staff down there too. They are cool."

His grandmother went with him to Knoxville and were astonished by what they saw. "I just loved Washington and after my trip I was thinking to myself that there was no way anybody would beat them out. Now after going to Tennessee, I have to say that I can't see anybody beating those two schools out. Tennessee's football program is just incredible. They are second in bowl games and first in winning bowl games. Everywhere you go it's just orange and white and 'Go Vols!'. And Neyland Stadium is wild."

Any thoughts of committing on his visit? "No way," he said. "There was no way I was going to commit on my visit. I just need some time to think things through. Everytime I think of something good or bad about one school, I can think of good or bad things about another school. At this point it seems like I need to flip a coin a few times to figure it out." (laughs)

Rhodes admitted that moving back east would take some adjustment, but he sees it as a positive. "Going back there, it was definitely a bit of culture shock," he said. "They eat different food, speak differently...really it's a whole different way of life, but I see that as a good thing."

Wherever Nathan goes, his grandparents will relocate to be close to him. "That's why I have pretty much ruled out Michigan at this point," he said. "I've ruled out Nebraska at this point. If I had gone there, my grandparents would have moved to Kansas City." And Tennessee? "Tennessee isn't that much farther from Kansas City."

If Rhodes picks the Dawgs, chances are good his grandparents will move to the Tri-Cities. "I have an aunt and uncle that live in Pasco," Nathan said. "They've been telling us that the weather up there is a lot like Bakersfield - hot summers and cool nights."

Nathan will be consulting his grandparents, girlfriend, coaches and friends before making his final decision. "I want to talk with my grandparents a lot more about it," he said. "I want to get input from everybody. I expect to make my decision before Christmas, but I'm very lucky. I have two amazing choices to choose from. I can't go wrong."

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