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DT Rhodes rolls through Knoxville

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Richmond (Va.) Varina defensive tackle DeAntre Rhodes made his way to Tennessee this past weekend. The 6-foot-2, 279-pounder had planned to participate in a camp, but a mix up resulted in him just taking an unofficial instead.
"It was a mix up at Tennessee with my coach and Coach Scott from Tennessee," he said. "They got their days mixed up when talking and we went the wrong date. The camp is this coming weekend instead of last weekend.
"Instead of it being a bad thing, we made it an unofficial and toured the facilities and everything. People from the school talked about graduating in three years and I met with a few of the players including C.J. Fleming."
Due to the mix up, Rhodes wasn't able to meet many of the coaches.
"All the coaches weren't in since they didn't know we were coming," he said. "I did talk to Coach Scott and he told me if I have a good first game they will have no problem offering me. I got to go up there with Marquis Wallace (2010) and Antone Exum. We were just chilling like friends."
Does the confusion hurt the Volunteers?
"It doesn't hurt them at all," he said. "I'm a bit upset because I couldn't work out to get the offer, but I got to take an unofficial visit."
Rhodes plans to hit the road again in two weeks.
"I'm going to Virginia's big man camp on June 21st and then I'm heading to Virginia Tech on July 12th."
Previously Virginia Tech was a leader. Is that still the case?
"A lot of schools are bouncing around in my head," he said. "I can say nobody is my No. 1. There are some schools up there with Virginia Tech like Maryland, Clemson and Tennessee."
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