Isaiah Hodgins signed in December, graduating early from Berean Christian High School and is already enrolled at OSU. He will be participating in winter camp. Was rated a 4* recruit by Scout, the 187th overall player, the 26th best WR in the nation, and 4th best in the West region. Followed up a 76 reception, 1,000 yard junior season with an even better senior campaign, hauling in 94 receptions for over 1,500 yards and 21 touchdowns. Upon signing, he was listed at 6’4” and 207 pounds. Has already turned heads for his work ethic and abilities through winter training. His father, James Hodgins, played in the NFL for 3 different organizations, most prominently with the St. Louis Rams’ Super Bowl XXXIV Championship team. The elder Hodgins played for Dave Baldwin at San Jose State, and the two have remained in contact over the years. Isaiah has a younger brother, Isaac, who is a standout defensive linemen and part of the 2018 recruiting class, while James is the head coach at Berean Christian. Also played on one of Northern California’s premier 7v7 passing league teams, Team TMP Elite, of which Aidan Willard, Trajon Cotton and Isaiah Dunn all played on.
LEAD OSU RECRUITER:
Dave Baldwin – Area
Brent Brennan – Position (Before leaving for SJSU)
Kevin McGiven – High Priority target
Hodgins was one of the most heavily recruited athletes along the west coast. He originally pledged to Washington State back in May of his junior year, but eventually backed off that pledge in August as he was still receiving heavy interest from a number of programs and wanted to weigh all his options before making a final decision. He eventually took official visits to OSU, Nebraska, and Oregon during the season, pledging to the Beavers following one of his high school games in late November. At the time, it was considered a huge surprise pick-up for Oregon State. Many analysts had him pegged to be a Duck, as it was believed that the offer from Oregon was the primary reason for him decommitting from WSU. Husker pundits had him pegged for pledging to Nebraska due to the uncertain future of Mark Helfrich. The relationship between the Hodgins family and Dave Baldwin was one of the primary reasons behind Isaiah pledging to Oregon State. Throughout the process, Hodgins received offers from OSU, Oregon, Nebraska, Boise State, Colorado, Colorado State, Duke, Hawaii, Michigan, Nevada, Purdue, San Jose State, Utah, Washington, Washington State, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
WHY OREGON STATE:
“I love the coaches and teammates here. It feels like home! I’ve become more comfortable here now in such a short time and I love the school.”
Big target possesses great size for prep. Strong hands. Plus ability running routes, sets up routes well... Despite not having elite breakaway speed can still pick up plenty of yards after catch. All around receiver, shows willingness to block downfield… Great job of high pointing balls in the air, could be a big red zone target at next level... Uses his body well in shielding off defenders, keeping them on his back side... Has made a big jump in athleticism from junior to senior year… Doesn't shy away from contact. Has good burst/acceleration. Vision as a ball carrier is above average, sees the field really well… Could develop from possession receiver next year to go-to receiver. Could see time returning punts, probably won't break many big ones but is very reliable...
INSIDE THE COMMITMENT:
As mentioned, it was a huge win for the Beavers to secure Hodgins commitment, as it was a win over the Beavers biggest rival, Oregon, and the coach who knows the most about OSU, Mike Riley at Nebraska. It really proved that the Beavers could go toe-to-toe with some heavyweights for a recruits’ signature, and that’s despite the Beavers’ having only won 6 games over 2 seasons with Gary Andersen at the helm. It also signaled that the Beavers were a program on the rise in recruits’ eyes. His commitment was pivotal in how the Beavers would shape the rest of their class as he could be directly linked to being a big part in why certain athletes pledged to the Beavers. Trajon Cotton, Isaiah Dunn, and Charles Moku-Watson all mentioned Hodgins as being a person of influence when they made their own commitments. It also appears that the Beavers plan to use him as a recruiting tool in the future as he was a player host for visiting athletes in January and is being linked to athletes in the classes of 2018 and 2019.