Jerel “J2” Rhodes, II turning heads on the gridiron

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Salem, Va. – Football has opened doors for many young people playing the sport. One Roanoke teen is already creating a buzz and he hasn’t even started high school yet. Roanoke teen Jerel “J2” Rhodes, II has gone the extra mile to becoming a football player. “It’s a blessing I know a lot of people don’t really consider everything but I feel like everything goes to god so you have to consider those things and I don’t take it for granted,” said Rhodes, II. When you talk about miles 1700 to be exact. He was invited to the Nextgen All America Camp hosted by IMG Academy in Florida last month. But it wasn’t his skills on the gridiron that got him the invite. With a 4.0 GPA, J2 was a finalist for the Noretta Robert Academic Excellence Award at the camp. But he wouldn’t be here without a little help from his father. Former William Fleming High School track and football stand out Jerel “Tank” Rhodes. “I would’ve dream’t to have been known nation wide or to be playing with the best players from Texas and California. So to be honest he’s better than me. I don’t tell him that but he is,” said Rhodes. “That’s the person who introduced me to football that’s where I found out about football. The first person who told me how to hold a football,” said Rhodes, II. As this 14-year-old’s stock rises, he remembers he’s playing for a greater purpose. “The fact that I can see the situations that I can put my family in and push them into a better place than they’re already in and the ability to put my city on the map it means a lot,” said Rhodes.

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