Varina (VA) defensive tackle recruit DeAntre Rhodes took a trip to Blacksburg within the past few weeks. While it certainly was not his first experience at Virginia Tech, the visit was important for the 6-2 1/2, 280-pound junior. Rhodes discussed his recent experience as well as his decision making process.
“I made an unofficial visit the Friday before last,” Rhodes said. “It was me, my mom and my little brother. The main purpose of the visit was for my mom to see the campus. She liked it.
“I like Virginia Tech a lot. I like the school, the atmosphere and get along with the players. The coaching staff is real cool. I see how it is there. I could feel going there a little bit.”
Virginia Tech has had success recruiting Varina High School in the past, most recently with 2007 class signee Davon Morgan. It hopes to continue its success with Rhodes, and Morgan is doing his part to ensure that.
“I talked to Davon and a couple of other players on the visit,” Rhodes said. “They were just telling me that Virginia Tech is a good school and everything and that they hope I come there. I was telling them I want to take my time. Davon was telling me that this is my decision, but he said I better go there regardless (laughs).”
Virginia Tech is currently the only Division 1A program to extend an official offer to Rhodes. Clemson has verbally offered and Rhodes could land a written offer on Saturday, when he plans to attend the Tigers Spring Game. He also boasts an offer from James Madison.
“It feels good knowing I’ll get a full ride going to a school playing football,” Rhodes said. “I don’t come from a lot of money, so if I wasn’t playing football I probably wouldn’t be able to go to college.”
Playing for a well respected program at Varina, Rhodes was one of the few players to start for the Blue Devils as a freshman. He started at offensive guard and has been a starter on the offensive line ever since. This past season, he earned VHSCA second-team all-state honors for his performance on both sides of the ball.
“Everybody kept telling me I would play as a freshman,” recalled Rhodes, who played defensive tackle and offensive guard this past season. “I wasn’t believing them. I didn’t want to play at first. I wanted to play JV at least one year and get a feel...
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