April 4, 2012

Stock is Growing

Robbie Rhodes' growth as a 2013 prospect took a sharp positive turn on Tuesday when he doubled his offer total.

Already holding Baylor and Texas Tech offers, the Fort Worth Southwest standout wide receiver said he added those from TCU and Missouri. At 6-1, 186, the 3-star standout recently attended a TCU spring football practice.

But he's been to Baylor and knows quite a bit about Art Briles' program.

"I love the way the Baylor receivers move in their offense,'' Rhodes said. "They definitely pass the ball a lot. I really like the routs and the things they do on offense.''

There is always the potential of the Bears and Horned Frogs battling it out for a commitment. Some of those recent battles have been noteworthy. Two years ago, the Horned Frogs held off Baylor's late charge to retain Waxahachie receiver Ladarius Brown. In January, Baylor swayed Linden-Kildare athlete Roshodrick Linwood to switch from TCU to Baylor.

Although the Fort Worth ISD's brand of football has not enjoyed much postseason success in recent years, Southwest has established itself as a quality program. In 2011, it advanced to the area round of the Class 4A Division II playoffs.

Rhodes is absolutely spectacular with the football. He averaged 28 yards per reception (1,315 total receiving yards) and a touchdown every two times he caught the football. That's a stat that doesn't make sense.

Rhodes has enjoyed a strong relationship with Kendal Briles and Jim Gush and said he spoke with them last week. He won't be attending Baylor's April 14 spring game because he will be taking the ACT. However, he said he plans on seeing them come back when Southwest is going through spring football later this month.

"I'm really not sure yet what I'm going to do,'' Rhodes said about his commitment decision. "I have a lot more to see, and I haven't done that yet.''

Dallas Carter defensive back Jaylon Scott said he plans on visiting Baylor for its April 14 spring game. Although he has not been offered by the Bears yet, he believes one could be coming shortly. He has kept in contact with associate head coach Brian Norwood. "I'm very physical and explosive,'' Scott said. Scott has offers from Colorado State and Wake Forest. He plans on taking the SAT in May.

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