Arizona State picked up its fifth in-state high school commitment in the 2017 class on Friday when Curtis Hodges made his decision.
"Their offensive coordinator coach (Chip) Lindsey knew I was going to commit when they offered me," Hodges said. "We had been talking a lot the past couple months and I had told him that ASU is where I wanted to be. We had talked earlier today and then I called him back and committed to coach Lindsey and (Todd) Graham."
Hodges, nearly 6-foot-8 and 216 pounds, is a wide receiver at Mesa Mountain View and former two-sport standout who decided this year to focus entirely on football. Previously Hodges had been generating Division I interest as a basketball prospect as well.
"Playing both sports was really time consuming," Hodges said. "I was playing AAU too. I was missing a lot of football practice and other football things. I was out of town for a lot and I just decided I can't really be the best at one sport if I'm doing both. So I decided to go in 100 percent to go in and do my best in football. I definitely like football better. I just started playing basketball my freshman year of high school but I've played football my entire life.
"I don't see my height as a challenging thing. It's a blessing. I like being tall. That's definitely a reason they recruited me. It's definitely a plus I'm actually getting into my body and moving really well now. I'm trying to get my footwork right, get my speed up, trying to run routes more straight and narrow. It's a process but I'm getting better for sure."
The Sun Devils saw Hodges in person and closely watched him during their high school 7-on-7 tournament at ASU in June.
"That's when I really kind of caught their eye I think and it sparked things more with them recruiting me," he said "From there I really started talking a lot more with coach Lindsey.
"When I was talking with the offensive coordinator we were talking about the offense and just playing wide receiver. They like my size, my ability, they think I have a lot in front of me and coach Norvell can develop me too. That was another reason I wanted to go to ASU, I really like (receivers) coach (Jay) Norvell. He's just an energetic guy, he's funny, not too stressful, really wants to get the kids better too. I can't wait to work with him."
As a junior Hodges had 49 catches for 545 yards with seven touchdowns. He had also reportedly received a scholarship offer from Iowa State.
ASU now has eight total commits in the 2017 class including the five local high school players. In 2016 the Sun Devils signed four in-state high school players, so they've already out-paced that number with less than half their class solidified.
"Back when I was a freshman, sophomore and I started to see all these local guys commit and then Bryce Perkins, N'Keal Harry, Chase Lucas, Ryan Kelley, and I wanted to be a part of it," Hodges said. "I talked to Ryan a few times and then I talked to some of the (committed) kids at Saguaro too. We're all just excited about the brotherhood. I'm looking forward to it."