OT Clay Rhodes staying true to Mizzou


Three-star offensive tackle Clay Rhodes (Stilwell, Kan./Blue Valley), the No. 2-ranked player in Kansas, got the offer thousands of high school athletes dream of getting.

And he turned it down.

Rhodes, a Missouri commitment, respectfully declined an offer from LSU on Tuesday. While he said the scholarship was beyond intriguing, his loyalties are to his original commitment as Missouri prepares for its first season in the SEC with LSU.

“It was pretty crazy,” Rhodes said. “I had no idea I’d go into my senior season having an offer from LSU. I always play with them in NCAA [Football 13] because they’re so good.

“I’m really flattered, but I’m 100 percent to Missouri.”

Rhodes has been a wanted man all week. In addition to LSU, he also got offers from Oregon State, San Diego State and UAB this week. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound tackle gave his verbal pledge to Missouri on May 2.

“When [LSU] called me, they said they would offer but just wanted to make sure I’d be interested,” said Rhodes, who was recruited by Missouri receivers coach Andy Hill. “There’s not going to be any offer out there to change my mind. I’m happy with my decision, and I’m going to stick with it.”

Rhodes is ranked No. 72 nationally among offensive tackles. He had additional offers from Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Arizona State and several other programs. Rhodes currently is one of 13 Missouri commits.