Rhodes Ready To Show His Stuff At Blinn

QB Clay Rhodes (6-0 ,190), a former Oklahoma walk-on wideout, hopes to lead the Buccaneers' offense this fall...

"My dad, Steve Rhodes, was a receiver up at Oklahoma from 1976 to 1981, so I grew up wanting to go there," Rhodes told JCFootball.com recently. "After I graduated (from Kaufman High School in Texas), I was only getting looks from Division 3 programs, so I decided to walk-on at Oklahoma and they moved me to wide receiver.

"I actually played a lot in the spring game and it looked like I might actually play some this fall, but I just wanted to play quarterback or at least have the chance to do it and that wasn't going to happen there, so I left and came down here to Blinn."

In high school, Rhodes did most of his work out of the spread and he said he feels very comfortable as the trigger-man for that type of an offense.

"I can run the read option well and then pull it out and make plays down the field by hitting guys there," Rhodes said. "I feel like I can read defenses well and I've got the mobility to move around and avoid sacks, but also to make plays with my legs in the running game or when I drop back and nothing is there, I can take off and hurt a defense if they don't pay attention to me too."

One thing that Rhodes has been focused on this offseason is his size and adding muscle to his frame.

"Since I graduated from high school (this past December), I have added close to 20 pounds and that's something I want to continue to do, but it's gotta be good weight obviously," Rhodes said. "I also need to pick up (Blinn's) offense and get a good feel for the receivers, so that's another thing I want to get down."

Recruiting is obviously not something that can really be talked about at this point, since he has yet to play a down of football for the Bucs, but with a good freshman campaign this fall, there is a chance he could wind up finding a home for the 2015 football season.

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