Kansas recruit Clay Rhodes is one of the top 50 offensive tackles in the 2013 recruiting class and arguably the top recruit in the state of Kansas. Big 12 powerhouse Oklahoma State has offered Rhodes, and his recruitment is beginning to heat up even more. Rhodes received the offer after visiting the Cowboys campus in Stillwater.
One of the best OL recruits in the Midlands, the 6’6″, 265 pounder has offers from Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, Missouri, Purdue, Tulsa, Arizona State, and Oklahoma State.
Clay Rhodes also has interest from Oklahoma, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, TCU, Duke, Florida State, and Kent State.
The high-line three-star recruit has a Scouts Grade of 78 from ESPN and is ranked as the 38th best tackle in the nation by ESPN and 47th by Rivals. ESPN has Clay Rhodes (4.9 forty yard dash) as the 80th best recruit in the region and the best (I completely agree) in the state of Kansas.
The Stilwell, Kansas native could be nearing his decision within the next month or two, but it seems more likely that he will wait it out. He is the top recruit in Kansas and will be receiving more offers.
The front-runners for Clay Rhodes are currently Oklahoma, Tulsa, Kansas, and Kansas State. Rhodes might stay in the state of Kansas, and the top recruit could be headed to KU. Things are wide open at this point, but Kansas is one of the front-runners, and it would be huge for them to beat out K-State and nab the top recruit in the state. Of course, it’s also great to be able to land a commitment from a top offensive tackle in general, especially one that is being heavily recruited by two Big 12 powerhouses.
Ten days ago, Clay Rhodes took an unofficial visit to Oklahoma, but the Sooners have not offered him yet.
The 2013 OT recruit is athletic and uses his height to his advantage as a run blocker. Clay Rhodes is described as a merciless run blocker who can slam his opponent into the second level. He is sizeable enough, but more muscle would do wonders for him at the collegiate level; some say that he needs to get stronger.
He plays with a lot of heart and is a tireless run blocker, and his athleticism bodes well for a solid college career as a left tackle due to his solid pass blocking and space blocking. The schools that have offered him fit Clay Rhodes schematically, and we’ll see how is recruitment proceeds.
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