The Baylor Bears will be breaking in a new quarterback in junior Bryce Petty. Petty will need a go-to receiver in order for the Bears to put up offensive numbers like they’ve seen the last few years swith Nick Florence and Heisman trophy winner Robert Griffin III. Petty will still have many weapons, but one of the biggest could be incoming freshman wide receiver Robbie Rhodes.
Rhodes, the eighth ranked wide receiver according to Rivals.com, could be one of the best deep threats that the Bears have headed into the 2013 season. The freshman out of Fort Worth, Texas was highly recruited out of high school and will see substantial playing time this fall with the departure of star wide receivers Terrence Williams and Lanear Sampson.
At 6-foot-1, 186 pounds, Rhodes has good size and hands and can rack up yards after catch. Watch out for Rhodes to become one of the premiere offensive playmakers for the Bears as soon as he steps onto the field on Aug. 31 against FCS opponent Wofford Terriers.
If past receivers have told us anything, Baylor has become one of the best spots for wide receivers to show their skills as the Bears have had 1000-yard receivers for the past two years.
As one of the highest ranked recruits to ever step foot on the Baylor campus, Rhodes will have a lot of pressure even in his freshman year to make an immediate impact. His athleticism and skill set will allow him to do so, but his youth and inexperience may come into play if he isn’t acclimated to Big 12 football once conference play comes around when the Bears take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in Waco, Texas on Oct. 5.
Weston Wilson is a college football and Major League Baseball writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter: www.twitter.com/westonw90