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Thoughts on Robbie Rhodes

I threw this out in a post on IT yesterday. With the news of his offer today, I thought I'd copy it here and open it up for dialogue since it's now very relevant:

I've had the distinct feeling for a while that the staff preferred Robbie Rhodes over Massington. I've also had a feeling that Rhodes would be someone who would shoot up the rankings between now and February.

I can't really back either feeling up right now, other than throwing out a another feeling. He just feels like the super-athletic, driven, focused, all-around good kid prototype (i.e. Adrian Colbert) that hasn't made the camp circuit but that people notice at the end. He also seems to have a real feel for the game of football (8 touchdowns in a game with a bad QB is mind-blowing). As Wescott Eberts pointed out, he has a lot of highlights where he separates from the DB, only to have to adjust and catch the ball in traffic. All 4 of the recruiting services have him at 6-1 and closer to 190, though they could all be exaggerating, and Rivals says his vertical is 36". I can't shake the feeling that this kid's upside is Hakeem Nicks (similar body type and possibly athleticism).

Also, if I remember correctly, his recruitment has been quiet because his father has been ill. Everything that I have seen indicates that he has a quiet confidence, that he has his priorities straight, and that he is well-liked and respected (read: not fellow Fort Worther Darius White).

It seems to me the coaches see something in him that will probably become more obvious in the future. I'm reading between the lines, but with the paucity of information on this kid, you kind of have to. I'd make a small wager right now that if UT ends up with Robbie Rhodes and not Massington, then we'll all be glad in 3-4 years (even if Massington experiences success at USC, which he probably will).

Be excellent to each other.

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