"He just made up his mind and he says he's going to Florida," Aubin Goporo, Hodge's high school coach said. "That's where he wants to be."
Meanwhile, the Gators used their own guys to help seal the deal. "They took him up there and they let him hang out with the players and to be quite honest, the players sold the program to him," Goporo said. "He had a good time with the players and the school fit him."
Hodge was good for a state title and 29 points a game. He'll find his way into Scout.com's final 2006 Top 100 that will be released later this month. After a subpar summer by his standards, Hodge cranked his game up another level was regarded by Scout.com as the top available point guard in the Class of 2005 this winter.
"He was unbelievable this season. He was the captain of the team and everything we do went through him. He was great on defense and offense and he pushed everybody to go hard. He won every single award."