Johnny Rhyme’s who played Safety with the Lake Minneola Hawks has officially signed with Southeastern University in Orlando! The 5’11 165 lb Safety was dominant on defense this year. The senior was in on over 30 tackles and 18 of them were solo tackles. Oftentimes opposing quarterbacks would have to think twice throwing the ball downfield with Rhymes in coverage.
Rhymes had 3 sacks on the season along with 4 interceptions which he was tied for team leading. Only Junior Jonah Cali who also plays Safety had just as many with 4. Both of these players contributed a ton to the Hawks and the defense was a formidable force as it is every year.
(Rhymes is one of the more dominant safety’s we have seen come through the Lake Minneola program in recent years which includes Iowa State commit Quentin Taylor Jr.)
This year in particular Rhymes was who is also listed as a running back was more suited for a defensive role. John Celestin was a major power back and took most of those duties on the year. Rhymes was best suited for Safety in our opnion. He is such a natural talent at that position. He is quick, nimble and knows what to look for. He also doesnt commit many penalities which coaches love. Rhymes is a disciplined player who makes smart decisions.
The decision to play for Southeastern is a great one. Southeastern University is located in Lakeland, Florida. They are a member of the NAIA Division. The school is part of the Mid-South Conference for Football. The school is growing each year. This school was named Southeastern College until 2005 when they became a University. The school enrolls about 7,000 students.
(Victory Field is the home stadium for the SEU Fire. The University is part of the NAIA.)
We are very excited for Johnny Rhymes to get this opportunity to play right down the road at Southeastern University. The Fire have a beautiful stadium and the athletics facilities are top notch for an NAIA program.
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