For the past few days, offensive lineman Clay Rhodes (Stilwell, Kan./Blue Valley) has had the idea that of the three schools in his final list – Missouri, Oklahoma State and Arizona State – the Tigers would be his ultimate decision.
After weighing all the options and talking them over with his family, one thing seemed to resonate. Playing at Missouri would give him everything he wanted. The three-star tackle verbally committed to the Tigers on Wednesday, becoming the 10th commit of Missouri’s 2013 class and only the second out-of-state commit.
With the decision, Rhodes will get the best of all worlds. He will get to play in the SEC, and his family will be roughly two hours away from home games in Columbia, Mo. Additionally, Rhodes took care of the school that took care of him first.
“Missouri was the first team to come out and offer me,” Rhodes said. “I’ve developed great relationships with the whole coaching staff and also the commits and signees. I have lots of family in Missouri, and it’s fairly close to home. It’s where I have felt the most comfortable, and it has the best family atmosphere.”
Recruited by Andy Hill, Rhodes also had offers from Purdue, Tulsa, Iowa State, Minnesota and in-home schools Kansas and Kansas State. The 6-foot-6, 260-pound junior is ranked No. 37 nationally among tackles, and he is currently the top-ranked recruit in Kansas.
Rhodes additionally received interest from Michigan, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Penn State, among others, throughout his recruiting process.