Varina’s Rhodes May Visit VT Soon

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Virginia Tech remains the only Division 1A scholarship offer for Varina (VA) star DeAntre Rhodes, but there is plenty of other interest in the 6-2 1/2, 265-pound defensive lineman. Varina offensive coordinator Blanda Wolfe provides the latest on the talented junior, a VHSCA second-team all-state selection on offense and defense.

“Tech is the only offer, but Tennessee is pretty interested in him and he just received handwritten stuff from Florida,” Wolfe said. “Virginia is also interested in him. And Coach Bratton from Maryland is showing a lot of interest. He will be able to choose where he wants to go.”

Where he will ultimately go is a question and, though no favorite has been named, Rhodes has been to Virginia Tech several times and has enjoyed each experience. Another visit to Blacksburg could happen soon.

“I have no idea when he may make a decision,” Wolfe said. “I know he wants to go up to Tech with his mom soon so he could show her around the campus. He was going to go for a basketball game recently, but he didn’t go because something came up. I’m not sure if he was going to do anything [in terms of a decision], but I know that is one thing he wanted to do. It may happen in the next two weeks.”

A leader for the Blue Devils, Rhodes is having a productive offseason so far.

“He is busting his tail in the weight room,” Wolfe said. “All of our seniors are pushing each other. Things have gotten real interesting lately. Some of the kids were messing around in the classroom, so we had a wakeup call run at six in the morning. It wasn’t mandatory, but all of the rising seniors were there. DeAntre has been leading the way. He is a big competitor.”

Rhodes, who started as a freshman at offensive guard, is talented on offense but likely will end up at defensive tackle in college. Defensive line is where most college coaches envision him playing.

Academically, Rhodes is in good shape. He takes honors classes and is expected to easily qualify.

Varina’s other top seniors…

“There is Bobby Smith,” Wolfe said. “He is a 6-4, 190-pound wide receiver. He was all-district for us this past year. He has a really big upside. He could be a tight end if he adds weight or he could play receiver. He doesn’t know the potential he has. If he continues to work on his speed,