In the department of just evaluating talent, Dallas Skyline’s Ed’Xavier Rhodes has been in the top tier in 2021 for years. Things seem to be really coming together for Rhodes and his recruitment has elevated as well.
Kansas, TCU, Texas A&M & Austin Peay have offered as Virginia Tech, Texas Tech, UNT, Oklahoma State & Texas have shown interest.
Rhodes talks about the schools that have contacted him the most.
They see me as a all-around player that can shoot the ball. Believe I can play some on the wing and in the post. They reach out to me a lot, every week.
They feel that I can really be apart of the team. Help them win the Big 12. Mike Miles (2020 Signee) will be there and they feel me & him can be a duo.
They came to a practice and they loved my game. Liked how I ran the floor, that I’m a lefty and believe I can help the program. Marcus Garrett is there and he’s been successful at Kansas. I remind them of him and they believe I’ll be successful with them also.
*(Side Note) Rhodes has taken a virtual tour of Kansas
Skyline’s Head Coach Paul Graham has been not only a coach for Rhodes but a big-time mentor for him.
“It wasn’t easy at first. Coach gets on us hard and the first year I had a hard time taking coaching. Each year I knew how to take it and I’ve become a better player from it,” Rhodes said. “He talks to me about being a man. He tells me stories about how he came from the struggle. Talks to me about how to direct my life.”
What motivates Ed”Xavier?
“My mom.. She goes to work around 4 in the morning and I just want to repay her for the work she does.”
Rhodes hit on a few factors in his recruitment.
- Location isn’t a huge deal but he does want to be at a school where his family can come see him play numerous times
- A school with NBA pedigree that can help him reach his potential and help him be prepared for the level after
There’s no timetable in regards to Rhodes making a commitment as more schools are calling and he wants to go on in-person visits prior to making a decision.