March 19, 2012

Rhodes staying busy, likes the Frogs

TCU nabbed U.S. Army All-American quarterback Tyler Matthews out of Kansas in the last recruiting cycle and now the Frogs have their eye on another top prospect from the Sunflower State.

Stilwater Blue Valley product Clay Rhodes visited Fort Worth for a game last fall and has recently picked up attention and offers from several of the Frogs' competitors.

Minnesota and Stanford began showing interest last week and Rhodes has a busy schedule the next few weeks.

"I am going to Mizzou this Thursday," he said. "Kansas, Iowa State, Northwestern (are also coming up) and I might go to Tennessee."

Rhodes was enamored by what he saw during his unofficial visit to TCU a few months ago.

"During the fall I went on an unofficial there for a game," he said. "And they have been staying in touch with me. They haven't offered but they still talk to me a lot."

"(The visit) was really good. It was the first visit I ever went on," he said. "I was blown away by TCU. Everything was so nice. The whole coaching staff was great and the atmosphere for a TCU game was unlike any other. The fans were just crazy."

"The 6-foot-6, 265 pound Rhodes says he hears from the Frogs staff, in some form or fashion, on a weekly basis.

As for where TCU stacks up against the other schools that have offered, including Kansas State, Missouri, Tulsa and Kansas?

"They are definitely up there," he said. "The whole campus and everything is probably the nicest campus I have visited so far. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it was a great experience.

"I really like (TCU coach Gary) Patterson. I really just enjoy watching him coach and I have been watching TCU for three or four years now and I am a big fan."

Rhodes, who performed at a very high level at the U.S. Army junior combine earlier this year, doesn't have a return trip top Fort Worth planned at this time but said he would like to see the Frogs again at some point.

As for the Frogs' on-field performance, Rhodes said the up-tempo style and the fun atmosphere the team exhibits stood out to him.

"I feel like if I could put on some more weight, I could potentially play left tackle for them," he said.

Rhodes said a few factors will be in play come decision time.

"Probably the most important thing to me is I want to be able to play where I will be able to excel as a student and an athlete," he said.

"Definitely an offense that I would fit into well as a more athletic tackle and I really will take a hard look at the coaching staff. Because they are going to make you better and potentially affect your future."

Rhodes, a first-team all-state pick a year ago, plans to major in business and boasts a 3.7 GPA.

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