Hodge Names a Leader

Neville defensive tackle Demarcus Hodge has more than a dozen offers, but one school in particular currently stands out above the rest. Which program leads for Hodge's services? Read on to get the details.

DeMarcus Hodge has more than a dozen offers and the defensive tackle from Neville High School (Monroe, La.) is ready to name a favorite school.

"Arkansas is my leader," said Hodge. "They're at the top and TCU is number two. My other favorites are Mississippi State, Tennessee, and Texas A&M. It's possible that I could make a decision before school starts next month. I want to go see Arkansas again this summer and I might make up my mind after that.

"I like everything about Arkansas. It's in the mountains and the weather is great. It's nothing like the weather we have here in Monroe. The people are great and Arkansas really feels like home. I think that their staff is going to do some great things over the coming years and it would be a great place to spend my next four years."

Hodge says that a couple of other factors help the Razorbacks.

"Arkansas was one of the first schools to show interest in me - during my sophomore year - and that gave them a good edge. I'm also really high on their strength program. It's specifically tailored to each individual player's strengths and weaknesses. They find out what your weaknesses are and then focus on improving that area."

Hodge isn't ready to rule out any schools, however, and the 6-foot-1, 295-pounder enjoyed his trip to Texas A&M over the weekend.

"It went better than I expected," said Hodge of the visit. "It was pretty great. I met Coach (Mike) Sherman and talked to him for a really long time. He learned more about my character and that's what he's looking for (good character) in a player. Texas A&M is definitely an option for me."

Hodge and Neville won the 4A state championship last year, knocking off offensive juggernaut Franklinton (and LSU commit Terrance Magee) in the finals.

"This season should be pretty much like last year," said Hodge. "We should have a better defensive line than last year. I'm not sure about the offense. We need to find a new quarterback (after Taylor Burch signed with Louisiana Tech). I expect us to have a great season. We've worked really hard this offseason."

On September 10th, all eyes in Louisiana will be on the Neville/West Monroe game. In 2009, West Monroe went undefeated en route to winning the 5A state championship. The Rebels outlasted Neville 30-27 last season, but this year West Monroe will have to cross the Ouachita River and win at Neville.

"That game will determine how good we're going to be," Hodge said. "We plan on beating West Monroe this year."

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