In my blog earlier in the week I predicted that with highly sought-after quarterback Nick Patti committing to Boise State, a receiver would soon commit as well. Who wouldn't want to be at Boise State with a quarterback like that and a coach like Chris Petersen, right?
That's exactly what happened. Shane Rhodes from Klein Collins High School in Houston, Texas committed to Boise State last night according to multiple sources. For those other receivers on my short list, they were beaten to the best spot in college football. "Perfect fit for me offensively and the coaching staff there is wonderful,” Rhodes told the Houston Examiner. Rhodes sees what we all do.
Rhodes lines up at both receiver and running back to take advantage of his ability. He is also a tremendous punt returner and is a huge get for Boise State. Out of nine times he touched the ball, Rhodes scored six touchdowns in a 52-16 victory over Westfield High School in Houston last year. Rhodes had 202 yards receiving on four catches and rushed for 105 yards on five carries. All he did for a follow-up was score five touchdowns on 10 touches in the final game of the season against Spring High School.
The Klein Collins Tigers defeated Conroe 37-22 in the opening round of the Texas State 5-A playoffs. Rhodes picked up 71 yards on the ground in 14 carries and caught a 23-yard touchdown pass to help his team in that game. The Tigers were upset by Austin Bowie to end their season at 11-1. In two seasons, Rhodes and the Tigers are 24-2.
Now Petersen and his staff could be choosing two or three wide receivers in the class, but the availability just got cut in half and those other wide receivers now know they'd better jump or get left behind.