Rhodes Updates Status

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DeAntre Rhodes appreciates the experience he has had at Hargrave Military Academy, but he doesn’t want to return to the Chatham (VA) school next month. The 6-3 1/2, 270-pound defensive lineman awaits his latest standardized test results, hoping either the SAT or ACT score will be enough to gain enrollment at Virginia Tech in January.

A star 2009 class prospect, Rhodes signed with the Hokies but fell short of meeting qualifying standards out of Varina (VA).

“I have two tests coming back. One is supposed to come back this coming week and the other the week after,” said Rhodes, referring to the SAT and ACT. “If I qualify on one of them using the GPA I had out of Varina, I’ll be at Tech in January. If I don’t, I’ll have to take final exams at Hargrave for those classes to count.”

Rhodes says the Hargrave final exams would take place the second week in January. Once those courses are completed, he would have to see if those grades helped push his GPA to where it needs to be to match his current highest SAT or ACT score on the qualifying scale. If Rhodes needs to use those courses and qualifies that way, he is not sure if he would be able to enroll at Tech in January or if he’d have to wait until the summer.

“I’m just patiently waiting,” said Rhodes. “It would be easy to be anxious. I could just go crazy, but I’m trying to keep calm.”

On the field, Rhodes is a talent who could push for playing time as a true freshman. He alternated between defensive tackle and defensive end for coach Robert Prunty and believes he would do the same in coach Bud Foster’s defense. The Hargrave postgraduate season went well with Rhodes playing well against strong competition‚Ķin practice and in games.

“I always see myself at the top,” Rhodes said. “I went out there and played to the best of my abilities. I like to get out there and make plays, to do what I have to do.”

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Rhodes was joined at Hargrave by another Tech recruit, former Hermitage star Theron Norman. Tech added another prospect out of HMA recently when 6-6, 300-pound offensive tackle Laurence Gibson pledged to the Hokies.

“Me and Theron knew we could get him to come,” Rhodes said with a laugh. “He came back from his official visit and said he loved it. We jumped on him and tried to get him to come.”

Asked about Gibson’s game, Rhodes said, “He’s a hard