Hodge Draws the Double Team

Opposing teams constantly double team DeMarcus Hodge. College coaches are using the same strategy in recruiting the defensive tackle.

DeMarcus Hodge has a top four of Arkansas, Mississippi State, TCU, and Tennessee. All four programs are going the extra effort for the star defensive tackle from Neville High School in Monroe, LA.

"Arkansas and Mississippi State seem to be recruiting me the hardest," acknowledged Hodge. "For Arkansas, I talk to Bobby Allen and Tim Horton. Coach Allen recruits this area and Coach Horton is the defensive line coach. I talk to both Coach Wilson and Coach Hevesy from Mississippi State."

Hodge said that former Atlanta Falcons All-Pro Chuck Smith and former Louisiana Tech Assistant Coach Terry Joseph are recruiting him for Tennessee. Hodge said two of the four teams seem to be rising to the top.

"I've been weighing my options," stated Hodge. "Arkansas and TCU are on top right now." So what stands out about TCU? "Everything is good about TCU," he added. "On my list of positives and negatives, there are no negatives about TCU. They have a great defense. It's a small campus, but there are so many opportunities being so close to Dallas. I really like Coach Bumpas and Coach Patterson."

In addition to his top four, there are two other schools moving up on Hodge's list. Hodge is visiting Texas A&M this weekend and has acknowledged the Aggies could join his list of favorites.

Louisiana Tech is another school that Hodge is thinking about. "I definitely consider Tech," he said. "I want to major in engineering and Tech is a good engineering school. I would love to be that close to home." Rob Likens and Stan Eggen have both been in contact with Hodge, as has Head Coach Sonny Dykes.

"I stay in touch with (former Neville Tiger and current Louisiana Tech Bulldog) Justin Ellis," said Hodge. "He is one of my role models. I had to go against him every day in practice. He helped me set my goals. He set all of the weight lifting records at Neville. I got him in the power clean. He had 355 and I told him I was going to get him. I did 330 last year and I did 370 this year. I've been concentrating on my legs and hips."

The 6'1" 300 pound tackle currently squats 485 and has an amazing 30.5" vertical jump.

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