TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Xavier Rhodes and Jimbo Fisher laugh about it now. But at the time? Rhodes was anything but happy.
A standout at wide receiver and tailback at Miamis Norland High, Rhodes was 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds. He loved to play offense and felt that he would be a receiver at Florida State.
They asked me if I wanted to play receiver or corner, Rhodes said. I said, Ive never played corner. They fooled me. It was my fault. I should have just said I wanted to play receiver. But now as you can see Im a great corner.
Rhodes says this with a smile. He knows that Fisher was right. Of course, Rhodes knows it now. But three years ago? He was upset.
Fisher saw that Rhodes would be a good receiver. He also thought that Rhodes could be an NFL-caliber corner.
I thought he had a great future there, Fisher said. He was mad at me for a year. We laugh about it now.
At the time, there was nothing to laugh about. Rhodes gave it a chance in practice, but the progress was slow. He admitted ...