Today, Devlin Hodges, 6'2, 185lb. QB from Mortimer HS in Morris, AL made the pledge to the Eagles this afternoon.
It was several trips to the campus of Southern Miss that helped make his decision, and after Elite camp yesterday, there was no doubt.
"Camp yesterday was awesome, it was energetic and the coaches were all over the place encouraging us," he said. "It was a beautiful day and the sun was shining, it was just the type of day that everything just felt right."
After camp, Hodges spoke with Coach Woz who said they would be in touch. It didn't take long for him to get that phone call of the good news for Hodges.
"Coach Woz said that Coach Monken wanted to speak with me, and I started smiling because I knew what was coming," he said. "Coach Monken told me he wanted to offer me and that they really wanted me to come to Southern Miss.
"After that conversation, I just had that feeling that Southern Miss was going to be my future home."
The coaches made a huge difference on the talented QB.
"Coach Monken is just a great coach, and you know right away how much he cares about his players," he said. "That means so much to me, to know I'll be well taken care of.
"Also, it is good to know what great coaches they are. They have NFL experience and he's coached some great quarterbacks."
It was also the program in general that sealed the deal.
"Just the tradition at Southern Miss," he said. "All the winning seasons in a row, and the pride in the program. They always are good and always win, expect for last year, but that was just a season that won't happen again.
"I know that this staff is going to have them back to winning again. Just everything about the program I love. Southern Miss to the top, I love that. I've found the right place for me, and I'm so excited to get started."
Making this decision now will help the talented QB focus on getting better and making this last season of high school his best.
"I know what is coming ahead of me, and what I have to do to get ready to compete at this level," he said. "I want to get better and help my team the best I can for my last year. I'm glad all this is behind me and I can follow the team and get ready to be an Eagle."
Hodges makes the second QB commitment from the state of Alabama. He had offers from Arkansas State, Georgia State, Middle Tennessee, Northern Illinois, Samford, South Alabama, UAB, and ULM.
His commitment shows the type of talented QB's the Eagles are looking for under Monken.