Fort Worth (Texas) Southwest wide receiver Robbie Rhodes was offered by the Longhorns on Wednesday, he told HornsNation.
“It means a lot,” he said. “It means that, right now, I am a good prospect and a top player in their eyes, and that’s what I’ve always wanted to be. I just want to be a good player and now I just have to keep working hard and make sure I don’t slack off and need to keep working on what I can do.”
Rhodes opened a lot of eyes last season by amassing 47 catches for 1,319 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also rushed 20 times for 208 yards and six scores, and even threw for 170 yards and three touchdowns.
He’s managed to keep those eyes on him with an outstanding track season, which he will conclude by competing in three events at the state track meet in Austin that begins May 11. Those events include the 200-meters (his personal best is a 21.14), the 4x100 and 4x200.
While in town, Rhodes will also take an unofficial visit to Texas, his first visit to any school. He hopes to make a decision by the end of the school year.
The Longhorns, which began recruiting Rhodes at the end of his basketball season, already have commitments from three receivers for 2013 in ESPN 150 members Ricky Seals-Jones, the No. 8 overall player in the country, and Jacorey Warrick, along with four-star Jake Oliver.
Texas is likely to only take one more receiver, which appears to be between Rhodes and Dallas Skyline’s Ra'Shaad Samples.
Rhodes, 6-foot-1 and 186 pounds, also reports offers from Baylor, Missouri, TCU, Texas Tech, Arizona State, Kansas and Oklahoma State. While he’s happy to have the Texas offer, it only made his decision that much more difficult.
“I’m excited about it but, you know, I’m second guessing about it right now,” he said. “It just adds on to the offers I’ve gotten and I’m just narrowing down the ones that I want to choose from.”
Rhodes did add that he thought he’d get an offer from Texas all along.
He didn’t grow up watching college sports so pure fandom won’t factor into his decision, but there are several things that will.
“First of all they have to have a good passing game and a good balanced attack really,” he said. “I’ll look at the coaches and how they coach and what type of person they are. I am trying to figure out what type of major I want to study so I need to see what school has the best program and what school is the best fit for me.”
Rhodes also wants to make sure he finds a comfortable fit for what could be the next five years of his life.
“Can I stay there for five years?” he said. “Can I see myself staying at that place for five years without getting tired. I’m also looking at the percentage of players graduating and also making it to the next level.”