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Posted on: Friday, February 2, 2001

Warriors get prep QB from Oregon

By Stephen Tsai
Advertiser Staff Writer

A promising high school quarterback from Eugene, Ore., has accepted an offer to play football and baseball at the University of Hawaii.

Jeff Rhode of Churchill High will sign an NCAA football letter of intent on Wednesday, the first day high school seniors may put their commitments in writing.

Rhode, who is 6 feet 6 and 220 pounds, is a standout in football, baseball and basketball.

As a senior, he passed for 1,446 yards and 16 touchdowns during the regular season. He was intercepted once in 121 passes.

Rhode’s quarterback coach is Chris Miller, a former National Football League quarterback. UH coach June Jones was the offensive coordinator when Miller played for the Atlanta Falcons in 1991 and ’92.

"Chris is a super, super guy," said Rhode’s father, John.

Churchill used a run-oriented, double-wing offense during Rhode’s sophomore and junior seasons. But Miller, who was hired last summer, expanded the passing attack - a change that showcased Rhode’s throwing skills.

Rhode was recruited by Oregon and Oregon State until both schools signed heralded prospects. When Rhode became unexpectedly available, Miller contacted Jones.

Rhode offers both potential and patience. John Rhode said his son is willing to spend time learning Jones’ run-and-shoot offense.

In turn, Rhode, a pitcher-first baseman, has the opportunity to play two sports in college. Rhode, whose pitches have been clocked at 90 mph, is expected to be selected high in the June baseball draft.

Rhode also is a starting forward on the Churchill basketball team. His teammate is Jordan Kent, son of Oregon basketball coach Ernie Kent.

Rhode’s older brother, B.J., is a quarterback at Boise State, which joins the Western Athletic Conference on July 1. UH and Boise State will meet in a WAC game on Nov. 7.

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