Hodges Ready For Something Different?

Brandon Hodges and the East Mississippi C.C. Lions throttled Copiah-Lincoln 54-15 in the Mississippi Junior College championship game and now prepare for the national title against Iowa Western in Mississippi Bowl VII in Biloxi, Miss. on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. in Indian Stadium. This weekend the 6-5, 310-pound Hodges is looking for something different when he takes an official visit to Oklahoma State.

"Yes sir, Oklahoma State is a great possibility for me because I am looking for something different," the first-team All-NJCAA Region 23 and All-Mississippi Athletic Conference lineman said. "I'm looking forward to seeing the facilities and meeting the coaching staff."

Hodges said he will fly into Stillwater, and is not traveling together with quarterback/athlete Todd Mays, an East Mississippi teammate who has already committed to Oklahoma State and is driving in for his visit.

Hodges said he has been in Mississippi all his life, going to Aberdeen High School before attending East Mississippi and he is looking to see someplace different. He is a December grad and a mid-year transfer so he will be needing to decide something soon.

"I've got five schools, Oklahoma State, Florida State, Alabama, Texas, and Missouri," Hodges proclaimed. "I have this visit to Oklahoma State and then set up another with Texas, but I will wait to set up the others."

I'm sure Oklahoma State will be hoping to make it so Hodges doesn't have to worry about that after this weekend.

Hodges is one of seven official visitors on a weekend that originally had as many as 10 official visitors possibly coming in. New Orleans (Warren Charter), La. wide receiver Tyrone Johnson was supposed to visit but his high school coach is asking his players to hold off on visits until after Warren Charter finishes its playoff run, they hope with a Louisiana state championship earned in the Superdome.

As for the players that are making it in for official visits besides Hodges and Mays, both from East Mississippi, for the Texas game there is a mixture of high school and junior college prospects. Some of the top players visiting are Christian Folau, a 6-1, 240-pound linebacker from East High in Salt Lake City, Utah; Darrion Daniels, a 6-3 1/2, 290-pound defensive tackle from Dallas (Bishop Dunne), Texas, and Blinn J.C. wide receiver Dede Westbrook.

Westbrook is 6-1, 175 pounds and caught passes for over 1,400 yards this season. Daniels is popular with offers from Baylor, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Iowa, and Missouri among others. He visited Texas Tech on Nov. 1 and OU on Oct. 17. Folau was once committed to Stanford but is now looking at Oklahoma State and Wisconsin.

Two committed players will be making their official visits in Motekiai Maihe, defensive tackle from Tyler J.C. that was an all-conference performer, and Vaimoe Sekona, a 6-3, 280-pound offensive lineman out of Encino (Crespi), Calif.

Most of the official visitors are coming in on Friday, but a couple will arrive on Saturday.

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