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Monday, December 10, 2012
Clay Rhodes solid to Mizzou after visit

By Damon Sayles

Three-star offensive tackle Clay Rhodes (Stilwell, Kan./Blue  Valley), like most of Missouri’s offensive commits in the 2013 recruiting class, was shocked to learn of the sudden resignation of offensive coordinator David Yost. Rhodes, the No. 3 player in the state of Kansas, first got word about Yost via social media.

While feelings of shock and disbelief first hit Rhodes, he now has accepted the departure and is looking to move on. What Rhodes refused to do, however, is decommit. The 6-foot-6, 270-pound tackle said his commitment to the Tigers is solid, and he confirmed that after taking his official visit to Columbia, Mo., over the weekend.

“It was a great experience being able to hang with all the players,” said Rhodes, who had freshman offensive lineman Evan Boehm as a player host. “You can ask them anything and develop relationships that will last a long time. It was great.

“I really liked Coach Yost. He was a great guy to get to know, but it doesn’t affect me, because I know they [Missouri] are going to bring somebody in who will get the job done. I’m understanding of it, because I know he wanted to be with his family more.”

Rhodes, recruited by wide receivers coach Andy Hill, said he enjoyed spending quality time with current Missouri players and 2013 commits away from football. He said getting to know them off the field was valuable.

What also served to be valuable was the advice he received from Boehm, a former Under Armour All-American from Lee’s Summit, Mo.

“He just told me to come in this summer and be a leader,” Rhodes said. “Don’t come in being shy; show everything you’ve got. The one thing he said is to always be positive.”

Rhodes chose Missouri in May over offers from Purdue, Tulsa, Iowa State, Minnesota and in-home schools Kansas and Kansas State. He picked up an Oklahoma offer in October but said he is 100-percent solid with the Tigers.