[Update]: After receiving an offer from Texas A&M on Sunday evening to go along with his Texas offer, Rhodes told GigEm247 that Baylor was still his leader ($), with Texas the other school in his top two. Will that change when Rhodes makes it down to Austin for the state track meet and can meet with the coaches? --Wescott
After little movement on the recruiting trail for the Texas Longhorns during the last two months, the last few days have encapsulated a veritable flurry of activity -- the offer extended to Livingston athlete Chevoski Collins, the commitment from Bastrop cornerback Antwuan Davis, and breaking news on Sunday that the 'Horns had extended another offer late in the week, this one to Fort Worth Southwest wide receiver Robbie Rhodes.
The guys over at Hookem.com have maintained for some time that Rhodes was the top wide receiver on the Texas board without an offer and the news confirms that, at least to the extent possible considering that the other likely target, West Mesquite's Eldridge Massington, committed to USC days ago.
It's not clear where exactly Texas stands with Rhodes, as the Metroplex product hasn't visited Texas, has kept his recruitment extremely low-key, and recently named Baylor as his leader. The other interesting facet? With three wide receiver commitments in the 2013 class already, it wasn't clear if the 'Horns were even in the market for another wideout as Ra'Shaad Samples rather fell off the radar.
Rhodes received a recent visit from the Texas coaching staff and it was apparently enough to spur the coaching staff to over. A JD2 invitee who wasn't able to make the trip, Rhodes is planning on speaking with the staff when he comes into town for the state track meet when he competes in the 400m. After that, it should become more clear about exactly where Texas stands with him.
Here's the scouting report on Rhodes:
At a little over 6-0 and 185 pounds, the measurables don't stand out with Rhodes, who is relatively similar to Ra'Shaad Samples or former Skyline receiver Mike Davis in his ability to quickly eat a defender's cushion to get open on deep passes, though Rhodes probably has better speed than either. Bottom line for defensive backs going against Rhodes -- there's so little evidence of him running any hitches, square ins, or squares outs, throws his quarterback likely isn't capable of making, so it would probably be worth getting into a backpedal quickly when he comes hard off the line of scrimmage.
The result, though, is that his highlights show little about how he performs as a route runner. Can he sink his hips to get in and out of his breaks or is he as raw in that regard as another recent Fort Worth product, current MIssouri Tiger and former Longhorn, Darius White?
Interestingly, Rhodes' highlights are filled with plays in which he both creates separation and makes plays in traffic. Seems impossible, right? Not with a quarterback who consistently underthrows the ball. As a result, there's ample evidence of Rhodes using his superior body control to find and adjust to the ball in the air, though he doesn't have the height and high-point ball skills of other prospects in the class like Whitehouse's Dylan Cantrell, a Texas Tech commit, or Oliver, the Texas pledge.
In terms of post-catch ability, there isn't a lot on film, other than a brief look at some impressive acceleration and the slightest evidence of some shiftiness and vision in traffic while working out of the Wildcat. Unfortunately, the longer highlights that are likely on Hudl are set on private for Rhodes.