Hodge Remains Unsigned

Walter Hodge is going to let the initial signing period come and go. The Florida Air Academy senior won't pen any LOI's this week and he's open to new suggestions.

The list of high-quality, available point guards from the high school ranks during the spring signing period is going to be a short one. Provided he doesn't sign this week, Levance Fields will be available. So will Florida Air Academy senior Walter Hodge.

The 5-foot-11 native of Puerto Rico, is a jet. He's a shooter on the perimeter and fast with the basketball. He's also qualified and those attributes combined should be reason enough to heat up his recruitment throughout the season.

According to high school coach Aubin Goporo, there was a good reason why Hodge didn't receive much attention in the fall.

"I think everybody, [and] I just talked to Auburn last week, heard the word is that the kid is already committed to Florida and that's not true. I think that's why people don't want to waste their time. Florida has recruited him really hard and they might be No. 1 on his list and the kid has not committed yet."

One of the reasons why Hodge has not committed to the Gators is that he probably doesn't have an offer right now. Florida offered early in the process but then hasn't been aggressively recruiting him since and did not push for a signature.

Goporo said that Kansas remains in contact and Auburn is going to recruit him. KU signed Alexander Kaun out of the same high school last year.

Hodge will be on the Gators' campus this month when his high school team plays a Thanksgiving event in Gainesville. At that time, Hodge and the Florida Air Academy team will attend a UF game.

The fit is going to be key in his selecting a program. "Somewhere where they play defense because he loves to play defense and he needs up tempo," Goporo said. "He led the county averaging 29 points and I guarantee you this year it'll be more. He led the county as a junior."

Hodge visited Hofstra early but is not considering the Pride. He has four official visits remaining if he needs them.

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