WATCH | Hot Springs Trojans, Rhodes signs to play division II football, Northwest Missouri State

Members of the Hot Springs Trojans football team, from left, Kendall Williams, T.J. Brogdon, head coach Darrell Burnett, Derrion Hawkins, and Octavious Rhodes are pictured following Wednesday's signing at the school's indoor practice facility. (The Sentinel-Record/Donald Cross)
Members of the Hot Springs Trojans football team, from left, Kendall Williams, T.J. Brogdon, head coach Darrell Burnett, Derrion Hawkins, and Octavious Rhodes are pictured following Wednesday's signing at the school's indoor practice facility. (The Sentinel-Record/Donald Cross)

Hot Springs Trojans' Octavious Rhodes signed his national letter of intent to play college football for Northwest Missouri State, Wednesday.

Trojans head coach Darrell Burnett gave an opening speech at the school's indoor practice facility in front of friends, family and staff. He said Rhodes is a gifted athlete.

"If he just continues to go the route he is going, there is no telling where he will be," Burnett said.

Most people who follow Trojan athletics would have guessed Rhodes would sign a basketball scholarship. Burnett said Rhodes has only played football for two seasons.

Rhodes explained why he chose to play college football.

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"I just felt like this was the best option for me and where I want to prove myself," the sure-handed receiver said. "They have a great facility and I have a great relationship with all of the coaches. We just get along well. That was a tough decision because I grew up with basketball. Basketball was my favorite sport. It still is really, but football is going to put me in a better position to get more money and do what I need to do in life."

Northwest Missouri State competes at the National Colligate Athletic Association's division II level. The Bearcats are members of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Conference. Northwest Missouri State has won six national championships in football.

Burnett said Rhodes could have gone to a NCAA division I school and Northwest Missouri State got a steal with his commitment.

Rhodes discussed the recruiting process.

"It was tough trying to pick which school was best for me," Rhodes said. "I had DI offers. I had (other) DII offers. Northwest, they just stood out more than the DI offers. They were more active with me."

Burnett highlighted Rhodes strengths and what he needs to improve on to be a successful college football player.

"Octavious, his biggest strength is you cannot coach 6 feet, 5 inches," the head coach said. "You do not know how fast he is because he has a stride. His hands are probably about a 100%. The catches he makes is God given. His weakness is, they are going to get him in the weight room. Right now, he is 175 pounds, they are going to want him at 190 pounds. Once you get in the weight room in college at 190, that 4.5, 4.6 is going to be a legit low 4.5, 4.4 (40 yard dash)."

STATS

89 receiving yard per game average

4 total touchdowns in three games played

  photo  Hot Springs World Class High School senior Octavious Rhodes is pictured with his family at National Signing Day, Wednesday. (The Sentinel-Record/Donald Cross)
 
 

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