Devlin Hodges has led his Mortimer Jordan (Ala.) squad to back-to-back routes of opponents after a slow start to the season, and he capped a good week on the field with a trip to Tuscaloosa to witness Alabama's dismantling of Florida Atlantic.
"I've been to Alabama a good bit of times, but this one was my favorite trip up there," said the 2014 signal-caller. "The attention I got was a lot more than usual. I felt like everyone that was there knew me. It was definitely my favorite trip."
"They came and got me and took me down to the locker room to see Nick Saban," he continued when describing the trip. "I went in his office, shut the door and we were just talking. He said it was good to meet me, asked how my season has been going and how many times we throw the ball. He wants to see a game of mine. He was telling me about their passing game and that they are interested in me. They were glad that I came."
After Hodges and his family retreated to the stands before kickoff, Alabama offensive coordinator Dough Nussmeier stopped by to check in on everyone.
"He kind of asked the same questions that Coach Saban asked…he told me he wants some film on me," he said. "I'm going to send him some film this week."
The meetings with the coaches set the tone for the Hodges' while they took in the 40-7 game with a keen focus on Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron.
"It was a good game to watch," the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder. "I was just watching A.J. and some of the plays he was making. A lot of people don't realize that A.J. has the ability to make plays with his feet – I watched that a lot. I watched the offense in general with the momentum they had, it was really fun to watch."
While the win was ideal for the family to see, the ensuing coaches visit made the trip more memorable for the group.
"After the game, Coach Saban came up to talk to me again," said Hodges. "He met my mom, my little brothers. He asked what we thought of the game. He wished me luck for the rest of the season, my little brother was grinning ear to ear…it was awesome. "
Hodges informed the staff that he would make a return trip on Saturday to see Alabama take on Ole Miss. BamaMag.com will continue to follow his recruitment as Hodges seeks his initial scholarship offer.