After being released from the Baylor Bears football program in June of last year, once a 5-star prospect Robbie Rhodes found a new home in Bowling Green, Ohio just a month later. And after sitting out a season for the Falcons, we're ready to see what this guy is made of.
Rhodes, a wide receiver, is listed at 6-foot even and 190 pounds and is a Fort Worth, Texas native. Out of high school (class of 2013), Rhodes was listed as the top prospect out of Texas by 247Sports and their no. 2 wide receiver nationally behind Alabama Crimson Tide's Robert Foster, and was an Under Armour All-American. His time in high school showed that he had potential to be a real threat as a receiver or as a rusher with 2,532 receiving yards for 43 touchdowns and 1,255 rushing yards with 28 scores for his career.
Played as a true freshman at Baylor, Rhodes caught 10 passes for 157 yards and had an 8-yard rush against Iowa State. Not exactly the most flashy of numbers, but he wasn't in much of a position to get all the playing time in the world either with Antwan Goodley, Tevin Reese and Levi Norwood all leading the way on the Baylor receiving game.
Maybe it's all just hype for Rhodes? A bunch of us here on the Belt are anxious to see him play in Dino Babers' system in Bowling Green since things didn't exactly pan out for him in Baylor, but that doesn't mean he's going to slide right in be an instant threat. I picked up a Bowling Green media packet when everybody met in Detroit for MAC Media Day and I noticed that Rhodes wasn't listed in the two-deeps. There's already a bunch of returning fire power in Roger Lewis, Ryan Burbrink, Ronnie Moore and Gehrig Dieter, but there's still plenty of opportunity for Rhodes (and others still fighting for a spot) to get some playing time this year as a redshirt-sophomore, but nothing is going to be just handed to him for his high school accomplishments.