Hodges discusses his selection of the Knights

The commits continue to roll in for Rutgers. On Sunday, four star linebacker Gerald Hodges, who currently holds 17 offers, decided to verbally pledge to the Scarlet Knights. Hodges is the sixth four star prospect Head Coach Greg Schiano has been able to draw to Piscataway.

A final decision from Paulsboro, N.J. native Gerald Hodges wasn't to come until sometime during his senior year. About a month ago, he told StateofRutgers.com in an interview that he didn't plan on committing to a school until he went on his five official visits.

There was a change of plans in the Hodges recruiting trail on Sunday when he verbally committed to Head Coach Greg Schiano and Rutgers. The Knights have been on his mind for a while and he decided it was the right time to make a move.

"I was sitting around thinking that this was the place I needed to be at," Hodges said on why he made his decision earlier than expected. "My family has been talking about it and I didn't want to make people wait for me to make a commitment when I knew where I wanted to be."

The Scarlet Knights were a school of interest to Hodges earlier on since they're in the Garden State and were the first school to send a scholarship his way. Being close was a big part, but not the only reason why he committed there.

Two of the three main reasons for him choosing a school would be its academics and the coaches. To Hodges, Rutgers has "perfect academics" and Schiano has very player friendly staff.

"I like how their coaching staff handles everything," he said. "I love the way they treat their players."

With 17 offers in hand, Hodges said Penn State was a school that was close in the race for him. Unlike some of the other players that recently made verbal commitments to Rutgers, he said there's a chance that he might go on some other visits during the summer.

Rated the No. 3 weak side linebacker in the 2009 recruiting class, the All South-Jersey and All-Colonial Conference backer was recruited by the Knights to play safety.

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