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June 29, 2012
Rhodes is No. 8 for Texas Tech
It appears that the commitment famine has finally ended for the Red Raiders. Rowlett (Texas) running back Jalen Rhodes pledged to Tech on Friday afternoon while on an unofficial visit to Lubbock. The eight commit for the scarlet and black said that he was ecstatic about become a Red Raider and thoroughly enjoyed his weekend trip to the Hub City.
"I'm very excited. I just can't wait. I was thinking about it the whole time I was there, and I was just ready to get it over with," he said. "The visit was very well organized and good. I pretty much saw the whole school from the teammates to the locker room to the whole field. It was very good."
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Football isn't the only reason that Rhodes chose Tech. Getting a good education is paramount for the tailback, and he feels he has an excellent opportunity to excel in Lubbock.
"It's a really good school," he said. "They have the number one graduation rate in the Big 12, so they really sold me on that. Education is mainly the reason why I committed there."
Offensive coordinator Neal Brown's offense is a good fit for Rhodes as well. He likes the way the Red Raiders move the ball and feels at home in Tech's backfield.
"I really like the way they run their offense," Rhodes said. "It's a good spread kind of offense that is just the perfect fit for me."
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Prospects around the country rave about the coaches on the South Plains, and Rhodes agrees with them. He loves the no-nonsense attitude of the Tech staff, and more specifically his future position coach Chad Scott.
"They're good coaches. They're good, down to earth people. I just like how they're straightforward with you. They don't sugarcoat anything. They were very excited (when I committed," said the running back. "Coach Scott, he's just a really cool guy. He's very funny, down to earth, and he's straightforward. Like I said, he doesn't sugarcoat anything."
The Rowlett prospect is elated to finally have the process over with. He's excited to be a Red Raider.
"I'm just very excited. I'm overwhelmed actually. I'm just happy that I was given the opportunity to make a decision like this."
Rhodes committed to Tech on Friday over offers from North Texas, UTSA, New Mexico, Colorado State, and New Mexico State.
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