April 25, 2012
Rhoda getting attention from Wyoming
While high school quarterbacks tend to make a commitment to colleges early in the recruiting process, that trend is unlikely to hold true for St. Paul (Minn.) signalcaller Conor Rhoda.
Rhoda is a 6-foot-3, 195-pounder from Minnesota football powerhouse Cretin-Derham Hall. Last season Rhoda didn't get his first start under center until the sixth game of the season. That meant a lack of a film to show a large body of work. Rhoda threw for 849 yards last season and rushed for another 345 in leading his squad to an undefeated record and a section championship.
"I took over in the sixth game of the year so my film isn't a whole lot, but the coaches said they can see I am making good reads when the play breaks down," Rhoda said.
For Rhoda, the next step in getting noticed is to hit the camp circuit hard in hopes of collecting his first scholarship offer. Thus far he has been to Junior Days at Minnesota, and South Dakota State. He said he has camped at the Best of the Midwest Camp in Detroit recently and liked what he saw.
"I was also at the Best of the West Camp in Detroit to see how I matched up against the guys who had like 10 offers," he said. "I ended up ranked in the top five out of 35 quarterbacks at the camp, so I felt good about that."
Cretin-Derham Hall runs a spread offense and the future law or criminal justice major said he would prefer to stay in that system.
"Coach (Jim) Harding sent me an email to say they liked me film," Rhoda said. "He said some of the first plays on my tape were the same basic plays that they run and it looks like I would be a good fit in their offense."
Rhoda said he has continued to talk to Harding, including a conversation about the Wyoming Spring Game last night. Rhoda added that Harding is scheduled to come to his baseball game in St. Paul on Monday where Rhoda said, he hopes they will continue the conversation about the process for getting Rhoda a scholarship offer. He also plans to attend a Wyoming Camp in June.
"When I first talked to him it sounded like they had not offered anyone at the quarterback position yet," Rhoda said. "(Harding) said they wanted to see someone in person before they offer. He also said they were probably just going to take one quarterback this year."
Wyoming isn't the only school to talk to Rhoda. He said given the proximity, Minnesota has been easy to check out and he has been to the Gophers' Spring Game and their Junior Day. After the Best of the Midwest Camp, Wisconsin asked if he would go to their Spring Game too.
"They (Minnesota) told me I am their number one target in the tri-state area," Rhoda said. "Iowa State wants me to come to their camp."
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