Four Star Backer Un-Sure of Visit

In a potential recruiting coup, Duke was supposed to get an official visit this weekend from four-star linebacker Elijah Hodge. In fact the Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard high standout was looking forward to that trip. So why is he now unsure about his weekend travel plans?

"I'm still committed to Wisconsin, but I was supposed to go to Duke this weekend," said Elijah Hodge. "Coach Kelly was down here on Monday watching our All-Star game practice. I told him I still wanted to visit this weekend, but I haven't heard from Duke since."

However, Hodge says he's hoping that travel plans will be worked out by Thursday so the trip can still take place.

"I really wanted to go and see what they had to offer. They have told me I can come in and have a chance to play early, and that I am the type of athlete they are trying to get. If it doesn't work out, then I'm not stressed because I'm set with Wisconsin."

Rated as the No. 18 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com, Hodge played in nine games as a senior for Dillard High. Despite just a 4-5 record, he had over 140 tackles, three interceptions and four sacks.

Scout's player analysis reads like blue prints for the kind of player head coach Ted Roof is looking to bring in.

"He plays with tremendous instincts. He plays a complete game, too. He fills holes and his motor is always running," wrote Jamie Newberg. "At a scrimmage between Dillard teammates, Hodge acts like it's the Super Bowl. He's always full of energy on the field and is the type of kid you love to have on your side, especially in big games."

So does Hodge think Duke is going in another direction?

"No, they'd tell me. I respect them for being so honest with me throughout this process. Yeah, they've had some bad years, but they are recruiting me along with a lot of bigger schools and bigger programs. You have to respect the underdog for fighting like that."

Hodge has already qualified academically and is rated as the No. 32 overall prospect in the South by Scout.


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