Part Wes Welker, part Devin Hester, part Williow extra, Shane Rhodes has the potential for a special, unique career with Boise State. He was the rare recruit to be recruited for his skills on special teams as a returner and game changer, and judging by the first 30 seconds of the above video, that was a good decision by the Bronco coaches. I broke an ankle just watching.
Of course, a talent like Rhodes will find the field in other ways, too, as a slot receiver and in special "5'7" and under" packages (with Chris Potter and an academically ineligible David Augusto). If Rhodes were six inches taller, he would have likely been fielding offers from all of Texas's big schools. As it turns out, the Broncos got themselves a steal.
More details on Shane Rhodes after the jump ...
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Other offers: Kansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette
Other Boise State players from the area: Quaylon Ewing-Burton, D.J. Harper, Brenel Myers, Dextrell Simmons
Boise State player most likely to be mistaken for: a Vinny Perretta - Chris Carr hybrid, with ecoBoost
Future nickname: Rhodes Warrior, Roadie's, Rhodes Scholar
Where he fits on the depth chart: KR / PR / slot WR
Rhodes' first taste of playing time figures to come on special teams as a returner. Chances are you won't burn a redshirt on a returner, but Chris Petersen will play a freshman if he's ready to play. Still, with Mitch Burroughs, D.J. Harper, Drew Wright, Dallas Burroughs, Ebo Makinde, Jerrell Gavins, and others capable of returning kicks in the meantime, expect Rhodes to join the fray in 2013 and make his impact then.
Dustin Lapray scouting report:
Moves like a jitterbug across the waters of the soul ... Has soft hands, like a cherubim ... Lacks bellow ... Reminds me of a young Dave Meggett high on life ... Beautiful open field moves, which reminds of this one time I was sitting in an open field birdwatching barefoot ... Courageous, inventive, passionate, artsy, human ...