“I am a QB,” he said. “Always have been and that is where I get my passion for the game. I have the athletic ability to play receiver or safety, but would rather play at a smaller school where I can continue to develop my skills and lead an offense.”
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Rhoda led his team to the state semi-finals last season after replacing a senior and captain of the team as the starter. Recruiters have less to go on when analyzing the hard throwing righty.
“I am under the radar right now due to my lack of film and stats,” he said. “Last season I took over as the starting QB in game five.”
Rhoda will take most of his snaps under center in a pro-style offense this season instead of shotgun.
“I think this will really help my preparation for college football,” he said.
“I have worked with Chris Weinke at IMG Academy in the off-season. He is a Cretin-Derham Hall alum and he has talked extensively with my coaches about the need to change to a more pro-style offense.”
While Minnesota’s coaching staff was pleased with Rhoda’s performance in the June camp and in the 7-on-7 competition, he saw an offer go to Chris Streveler, a dual-threat quarterback from Illinois who is willing to play another position if necessary.
“The door isn't closed with [Minnesota], but when they have a limited number of scholarships available I need to take that into consideration,” he said.
“I hope to hear from them again once we get into my senior season. I hope to have some other things to consider before that as well.”
Rhoda has had recent conversations with Eastern Michigan and Northwestern, but hoping for offers is not at the top of his list of priorities. His main goal is to prepare to lead Cretin-Derham Hall back to the state playoffs.
“I am focused on my senior season,” he said, “and trust that things will fall into place for me once I put up the numbers.”
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