Dino Baber's is brining his Baylor-style offense to Bowling Green, and as a bonus perk (two for one deal, anyone?) a former Baylor wide receiver is joining him at BG. Per ESPN's Max Olson, Robbie Rhodes has decided to transfer to Bowling Green, and will sit out the 2014 season due to NCAA regulations.
Rhodes, a 5-star wide receiver recruit in the class of 2013, is only a sophomore and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining once he's eligible to play for the Falcons beginning in the fall of 2015. Coming out of high school, Rhodes, a Fort Worth, Texas native, held offers from some of the nation's most elite programs, including Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas.
The No. 3 receiver prospect in the class of 2013 only caught 10 passes for 157 yards this past fall for the Bears in an in an injury-plagued freshman season. Injuries weren't the only thing to derail Rhodes' success at Baylor, though. The 6-foot, 185 pound receiver was dismissed from the program in June following some run ins with authorities during his time at Baylor, which included an arrest in May for marijuana possession. No charges were ever pursued. Another incident, which was never disclosed, ultimately led to his dismissal from the team, per Rhodes' father.
It makes sense that Rhodes would choose Bowling Green. Babers coached receivers at Baylor under the Bears head coach art Briles from 2008-2011. Babers, who left to become the head coach of Eastern Illinois following the 2011 season, runs a near identical offensive system to Baylor's high-octane offense.
"The offense fits (Rhodes) so there's no transitioning to a new offense; everything is exactly the same. He wanted to go somewhere where he can go in and make an impact and be the No. 1 receiver," Rhodes' father Reggie told ESPN.
"We're exceptionally happy that he had his opportunity to move on in his career," Reggie Rhodes told ESPN. "He made some mistakes, but he's going to bury that, put it behind him and move on to be the person and player he's always been."
The addition of Rhodes give the Falcons a wealth of talent at the receiver position for some time. Ten of the Falcons receivers listed on their 2014 roster are redshirt sophomores (what Rhodes will be in 2015) or younger. BGSU is also benefiting from the addition of former SMU receiver, and current sophomore, Gehrig Dieter this fall. The Falcons also added Roger Lewis, a one-time 4-star recruit with a controversial past, to their 2014 signing class. Lewis will be a true freshman this fall.
The Falcon Fast offense that Babers' is assembling was already frightening for this season and beyond. The addition of one of the top rated receiving prospects from recent years is only going to make it that much more dangerous.