Hargrave Military Academy’s postgraduate squad escaped Fork Union today with a 6-0 win. Following the game, Virginia Tech recruits Theron Norman and DeAntre Rhodes took some time to reflect on the experience at Hargrave and to update their situations in terms of enrolling at Virginia Tech in January.
First up was the 6-3, 270-pound Rhodes. The talented defensive lineman out of Varina (VA) was part of a Hargrave defensive line that shut down Fork Union’s running attack on what was a cold, damp day and a muddy field. He manned a defensive tackle spot today but has been alternating between tackle and end throughout the season.
“I’ll probably be versatile at Virginia Tech too,” Rhodes said.
A big-time player out of Varina, Rhodes, who originally signed with Tech in 2009 but fell short of qualifying, appreciated being surrounded by so many talented players at Hargrave.
“It was great,” Rhodes said. “I mean, I love competition. It brings a better man out of me. I’m going to do what I’ve got to do to make them better and I know they do the same for me. It has helped me a lot.”
And he discussed what area of his game has improved the most.
“My get-off got crazy,” Rhodes said. “I think that was the part that got better. Seeing Josh Watson and his get-off, he just helped me. I showed him extensions and he showed me get-off moves and we helped each other out.”
Rhodes is optimistic about his chances at enrolling at Virginia Tech in January, but he is not a shoe-in just yet. He says there is a scenario where he may not have to take the SAT or ACT again if he is able to have all of the classes he takes at Hargrave count towards his GPA. If this does not come to fruition, however, he may have to increase his standardized test score to make it.
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