More Offers Pile In for Hodges

Gerald Hodges from Paulsboro N.J. is one of the most highly touted defensive players in the 2009 class. The 6-foot-3 210 pound four star recruit has gone on visits to Penn State, Rutgers and Maryland during the spring, but wants to wait until his school year is over before he makes any future stops.

"There's nothing set up right now," Hodges said about any future scheduled visits. "But I plan on going on some during the summer. I just want to finish school and be strong in the classroom."

Offers from colleges continue to come in for the Paulsboro High School safety with Tennessee, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and Boston College being the most recent schools to send a scholarship his way. According to Hodges, this brings his count to "either 13 or 14."

As a junior, Hodges was named All-South Jersey and All Colonial Conference for a team that went 11-1 and made it to the championship game. If a college coach was to ask him why he play for his team, Hodges would tell him because he's a ball hawk.

"I have a nose for the ball," he said. "I can get to the ball and I have determination."

Being from the Garden State, Hodges is interested in Rutgers. It was the first program to send a scholarship his way, and he said he's been there numerous times. He said likes a bunch of things about the college from its academic support to the coaching staff.

"I've been there plenty of times, they're about an hour and five minutes away," Hodges said. "Everything is real nice there from the facilities, coaches and players. It's easy to get along with the people there."

The social environment of the school, such as how he fits in with the people will factor into his decision. Academics, how quickly he will see the field and how he gets along with the coaching staff will also play a role in Hodges choice.

Hodges isn't sure when he will make his final decision, but said he will want to use all of his official visits before his makes his final call.

"I want to take all five visits and get a feel for the colleges," he said.

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