WR Chris Rhodes: 2 Offers & Looking For More

One of the top sleepers in the 2009 class is Southside WR/CB Chris Rhodes. Already holding a state championship ring for basketball Rhodes is showing folks that he'll be an even better football prospect on the next level. With 2 recent scholarship offers we caught up with Rhodes for the full story regarding his recruitment.

We knew it was only a matter of time before Southside WR Chris Rhodes would get his first scholarship offer. Having seen him develop over the past couple of seasons Rhodes has emerged as a gamebreaking wideout with outstanding hands. Rhodes sat down with SCPrepNation.com to tell us the details of his first two offers and more.

"I have been offered by South Carolina State and Charleston Southern." Asked to expound about each school Rhodes replied, "Coach Danny Lewis of South Carolina State called me and told me that they would like me to become a member of the Bulldog Country. I'll try to get down there August 15th through the 17th. I'm going to stay down there, wake up when they wake up, and watch them practice. They scrimmage against Charleston Southern on August 16th. They said they are really looking forward to seeing me. They want me to play cornerback. I could work some at wide receiver too."

As for Charleston Southern Rhodes said, "I went there last Friday with my father. I got to chill with some of their football players. I got to meet with the coaches and they had camps for all of the rising seniors. I did really well and basically went off. The head coach offered me while me and my father were eating lunch there. He said I fit in really good with their offense and how well I play. I went both ways at the camp and went up against the top players from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina."

There are other schools in the mix for Rhodes as well, including a Southern Conference school who wants to possibly offer he and a teammate as a package deal. "I've been talking to Georgia Southern a lot lately. They are trying to get me and Marlin Butler as a package deal. They talk with me more about school rather than football. Most colleges I'm hearing from want me to play cornerback."

Another in-state school also has made quite an impression on Rhodes he says. "I've been hearing a lot from Presbyterian College, we went there last Thursday. We beat TL Hanna and went 7-2 in passing league. Coach Bentley talked about having us there. He talked with us about life, and said that he promises that he won't be just a coach but also a father figure while I'm at school. He talked about how he's helped players after football and in life in general. I'm liking PC a lot."

North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Alabama continue to send plenty of mail to Rhodes on a regular basis but he says he hasn't had much contact via phone with those coaching staffs as of late.

A hard working prospect who knows he has to put in extra hours and reps to silence the doubters Rhodes shared what his daily routine consists of after practice is over. "I've really been working on improving on running routes. I run every route 10 times a day after practice. First we started with 5 of every route and they all have to be perfect. I've really been working on technique a lot too. Instead of catching with a football I use a tennis ball. I have to look it in, hold it, and score everytime. I don't use gloves then either so it's all bare handed. I also run with a parachute. There's also a strength bungee I used that's tied to the goalpost. I'm trying to get better with my routes instead of running wild and relying so much on natural ability."

Quieting the critics or haters has been something that Rhodes has had to deal with throughout his career on the gridiron and the basketball court where he won a state championship this past season. Now with two scholarship offers on the table we asked him how it feels. "It feels great because even though I hear other coaches say I'd love to have him on our team. When they see me on SCPrepNation.com they say he's not good, they just haven't seen this kid over here. They say I can't do this and I can't do that. They say I'm too small. It's motivation for me to get even better. Coach Jackson helped me pick up my self-esteem because I really wasn't into sports as a freshman. He really helped me out a lot by changing my mindset about it all. When I got around coach Porter and coach Drummond they've made things even better for me and the rest of the team. The way I feel now is that I don't care who it is. Whoever steps in front of me I'm gonna dominate them. I want to show them that I can prove all those people wrong with my play on the field."

We informed Rhodes that we envisioned 1,000+ yards for him receiving this year in the Tigers' offense lead by assistant coach Mazzie Drummond. He quickly and confidently replied, "I have no doubts about that. If I don't get hurt I'm guaranteed to get 1,000 yards. I feel real confident about that."

That confidence paired with a tremendous work ethic and athletic ability already has a couple of offers on the table but expect more to come soon for Rhodes as he ccntinues to work towards a fantastic senior season. SCPrepNation.com will bring you all the details as his recruitment continues to develop so stay tuned!

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