Varina (VA) senior defensive tackle DeAntre Rhodes is flourishing this season, turning in “dominant” performances according to Blue Devils head coach Stu Brown. The 6-3, 280-pound prospect, a 4-year starter on the varsity level, has been a major part of Varina’s undefeated season. And, according to Coach Brown, Rhodes just keeps getting better.
“DeAntre has been more impressive these last couple weeks,” Brown said. “At the start of the season, we had him holding up linemen and allowing for linebackers to make plays. Things have since changed. He is playing so fast and so hard and he is so deep in the opponent’s backfield that the offensive lineman who is supposed to block him can’t get to him. We turned him loose and he has been dominating. He stands out. He is like a man against boys right now.”
One of Rhodes’ best performances came on September 19th, when Varina defeated fellow central Virginia power Hermitage. He tallied seven tackles, three sacks and three tackles-for-loss in the win.
“He was out of control in that game,” Brown said. “He was blowing everything up. He was hitting everything. He was in the backfield with sacks and tackles for loss. I just thank God he is on my team (laughs).”
Unlike past years, Rhodes has not played full time on the offensive line. He has played some, though, and has performed well.
“When we need yards, he is in there,” Brown said. “We put him in on short yardage and goal-line situations. We usually run behind him and just walk into the end zone. He rams them into the ground. He is just a dominating player. I coached here when Jon and Kevin Lewis were here and DeAntre is just as much dominant if not more than they were.”
Recruiting news remains scarce when it comes to Rhodes, who is has focused most of his attention to helping Varina capture a state championship.
“He is determined to make this the best high school season we could have,” Brown said. “He is open with college coaches that Varina football is his priority. I know they want to hear more from him, but I like it. The way he has handled it says a lot about the young man and his loyalty.”
Rhodes has received official scholarship offers from Boston College, Clemson, East Carolina, James Madison, Maryland, Michigan, Purdue, South Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech. While he is indeed concentrating on his senior season, he does...
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