Hodges closing in on ‘Bama offer?

When over 100,000 people pack into a stadium for an SEC football game, it's tough to avoid the crowd noise in certain situations. The same was the case on Saturday night as Devlin Hodges was one of several recruits on hand for Ole Miss at Alabama – but the staff found a way to make the 2014 prospect aware of his potential anyway.

"There was a lot more people," Devlin Hodges said of his second trip to Tuscaloosa in as many weeks. This time, however, it was an SEC game as Alabama hosted Ole Miss.

"It was a night game, and I love night games," the junior quarterback from Mortimer Jordan (Ala.) said. "It was definitely a lot louder than last week. Third downs, that stadium was rocking. It was loud. That was exciting.

"I was trying to talk to my parents next to me, and they couldn't hear me – that's how loud it was."

When the noise at Bryant-Denney wasn't deafening, the young signal-caller received similar attention to what he got last weekend when Nick Saban and his staff made it a point to have a brief meeting or two with him and his family.

"I got a lot of attention. I talked to coach Saban after the game," said Hodges." He asked about my game the night before and he talked to my parents. He said the (Alabama) win isn't as good as it can be when his players get hurt. He feels bad for them."

"I talked to coach Nuss (Doug Nussmeier) as well," he continued. "He got my film this week and they have a bye this week, so he's going to be watching my film. I'm excited about that."

The process of getting the staff the film they have been waiting on combined with Hodges leading his team to three straight wins – including the last two from behind – has him confident about his place on ‘Bama's recruiting board for his class. But is he near the top?

"I would say yes, they basically said I was a top prospect for the 2014 class," he added.

As far as the game, Hodges was happy to see the Crimson Tide come up with another win to preserve the team's top ranking.

"Their defense stepped up, the special teams were huge," he said of the win. "Christion Jones changed the game (on his kickoff return for a touchdown). Other than that, I watched A.J. (McCarron) like I did last time."

He had the chance to mingle with some of the dozens of fellow recruits in attendance both before and during the game – including a quarterback in his class who had some tips for Hodges on his upcoming opponent.

"I talked to a bunch of recruits, it was fun," he added. "I talked to (2014 ATH) E.J. Moss, I talked to (2013 WR) James Cox also. E.J. played Moody (Ala.), so I was asking him about what they got. He said their defense isn't all that good…"

Going forward, the junior will make another SEC trip or two in the coming weeks in search of scholarship offer No. 1.

"I'm going to go to Vandy on the 13th, I sent my film there as well," said Hodges. "Hopefully they evaluate it there before I get there. I plan on going to Mississippi State as well."


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