One local prospect currently without an offer but who should garner a lot of interest is Mesa Mountain View athlete Curtis Hodges.
A two-sport performer for the Toros, Hodges played wide receiver last year as a sophomore and also plays basketball for his school and the Arizona Magic U16 AAU team. He's got the potential to be a Division prospect in both sports.
While Hodges' stats (13 receptions for 157 yards and two touchdowns) from 2014 may not jump out, he has a frame that will be hard for colleges to overlook.Hodges, who will be a junior next fall, said he is now up to 6-foot-7 and 200 pounds.
“I like playing receiver,” Hodges said. “I played some defensive end as a freshman. I am not sure how it will go next year.”
With such a long frame already, Hodges could end up being a power forward in college down the road but he isn’t shy about his sport of choice.
“I have basically played football my whole life,” Hodges said. “When I got to about 6-foot-6 I figured I had to see what my options are in basketball.”
Hodges, who said he is already the tallest in his family, is not sure what he will look like in 4-5 years.
“Honestly at this point I would rather start getting wider than taller,” Hodges admitted. “I don’t know how big I am (going to be) but I think I will be a receiver.”
Scout.com Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell has compared Hodges to former Chandler standout Dion Jordan at the same age. Jordan played receiver for the Wolves but was moved to defense in college.
Hodges, with his length, has the potential on offensive to be a coverage nightmare in the red zone but could ultimately be more valuable as defensive end/outside linebacker.
Recruiters will be descending on Mountain View over the next several weeks, as the school started spring ball this week. So far Hodges has not had much recruiting contact.
“I know coaches from Arizona and Washington State have talked to my coaches about me,” Hodges said. “I like Arizona and UCLA right now but I have no offers and any school that offers me I will have a lot of interest in.”
Hodges admitted playing two sports had limited his access to football recruiters.
“Playing basketball, I have not been able to go visit schools [as a recruit]," he said.
Arizona State has had success at Mountain View over the years, even signing one of the school’s greatest players, another gangly tall two-sport player Todd Heap.
“ASU is a good school, good team,” Hodges said. “If ASU offered me I would be interested in them. I have only been down there for 7-on-7 with my school so far.”
Hodges should have a chance to impress recruiters over the next few weeks.