Hodge Still on the Market

Khaderal Hodge is one of south Mississippi's most recognized names when it comes to high school football. The Mendenhall standout has put together a solid prep career and now he hopes to take his talents to the next level. His recruitment has been a little slow developing, but now that Hodge is healthy again things appear to be picking up.

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"The season started off slow," said Hodge. "We still have a lot of things to work on.

"There are some things we need to get right on offense and we're going to get things going on defense eventually."

Part of the Tigers' challenging start had to do with the absence of Hodge under center for a few games.

An undiagnosed stress fracture in his foot hampered Hodge throughout the summer and into the early portion of the 2012 season.

"During the summer it wasn't as bad as it was at the start of the season," said Hodge. "It just kept getting worse.

"They decided to sit me out a couple of games and get me healthy. It's not as bad as it was now.

"I feel like I am almost 100%."

Hodge has worked hard to prepare for his final prep season despite his foot ailment. The talented quarterback believes his best football is still to come.

"I feel like I am more mobile now and I throw to a lot more receivers now," said Hodge. "I am just trying help the team now."

Several college programs have shown some level of interest and the fall contact period has allowed several schools to reach out and build a relationship with the Simpson County Star.

"I am getting a lot of letters, but no offers yet," said Hodge. "I have had a lot of schools call me lately.

"Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Alcorn (State), (Mississippi) State and Ole Miss have all called me."

Hodge is anxious to hear what schools think of him and who is interested in giving him a shot behind center.

"I want a shot at quarterback before anything," said Hodge. "If things don't go as planned, then I'll go in as an athlete and play another position.

"I just want to go somewhere where I can shine at."

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