Class of ’09 Preview: OG/DT Rhodes Leads Varina

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When DeAntre Rhodes first arrived on the scene at Varina High School in 2005, he made the most of his opportunity to play on the varsity level. Two years later, the 6-3, 255-pound junior has established himself as a Division 1A prospect and is on the brink of landing his first official scholarship offer.

A seasoned player, Rhodes, who is three games into his junior season right now, has started at offensive guard since his freshman year.

“We were down on offensive linemen. With his size, we asked him to come on out and compete,” Varina offensive coordinator Blanda Wolfe said. “He came out, didn’t back down, earned a starting spot at offensive guard and has been playing there ever since.”

While Rhodes does a good job on the offensive side of the ball, his future appears to be on defense. Coach Wolfe even likens him with a former Varina/Virginia Tech star defensive tackle.

“I’m pretty sure defensive tackle is where coaches would like him to play,” Wolfe said. “Some people might like defensive end, but the majority say defensive tackle.

“DeAntre has a lot of potential. He can run. He is a tough kid. He is a leader. Actually, he is a lot like Jonathan Lewis was at this stage of his career.”

Virginia Tech is one of the schools showing heavy, heavy interest in Rhodes. In fact, Tech has verbally offered and an official offer is on the way. An assistant coach from Notre Dame stopped by the school last Friday. Numerous coaches expressed interested when they stopped by the school this past spring.

Asked if Rhodes could make a decision soon, Wolfe replied “I’m not positive. I know he has been to [Virginia] Tech a few times and really likes it. He hasn’t said that is where he wants to go, though. We’ll see what happens in the next couple of weeks or months. I’m not sure if he’ll decide early or what. It may depend on how much pressure he feels.”

Rhodes is the headliner on this young and talented Varina squad. Other juniors to watch include 6-4, 182-pound wide receiver Bobby Smith, who caught six passes for 105 yards in the season opener versus George Washington-Danville,