Rhodes Enjoys Successful Month

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Varina (VA) star defensive lineman DeAntre Rhodes enjoyed a successful Evaluation Period, adding four Division 1A scholarship offers. The 6-3, 265-pound prospect, a VHSCA Group AAA second-team all-state selection on offense and defense last season, plans to make several college visits this summer…but will a summer decision come?

“I still want to make official visits,” Rhodes said. “I want to make unofficial visits this summer and official visits [in the fall and/or winter].”

Rhodes currently boasts seven scholarship offers in total. All except for James Madison are Division 1A.

“A couple of new offers have rolled in,” Rhodes said. “ECU rolled in. I also got Maryland, Purdue, and I’ve still got Clemson and Virginia Tech. I got Virginia on Friday. I also still have JMU.”

Clemson will be one of the first summer visit destination for Rhodes, who still does not have an official offer from the Tigers. He expects that to change when he visits, though.

“It is still a verbal offer, but I plan on going down there for an unofficial soon. I should know when I’m going in the next week,” said Rhodes, who has been officially offered by the other six programs. “Andre Branch, who got recruited [to Clemson] from our school, and me are real close friends. His mom always goes down there, so I’ll probably ride down with her.”

Maryland will likely be the first visit for Rhodes, who plans to check out College Park next month.

“I plan on going to Maryland in several weeks, after school lets out,” Rhodes said. “I’ve got family in Baltimore, so we’ll probably visit them and then go to Maryland and check out the stadium and get introduced to the coaches and my position coach.”

Rhodes’ most recent offer came last Friday from the University of Virginia.

“My coach had called me out of class and said Mike Groh was on the phone,” Rhodes said. “I talked to him for a little while. Then he put me on the phone with the head coach. Coach Al Groh told me what a good player he thinks I am. He said I had been officially offered by UVa.

“I was pretty happy. I had just gotten back-to-back offers earlier in the week, so Virginia was my third in the week. I was happy.”

While he is excited about his latest offer, Rhodes admits that Virginia Tech would currently