2011 Louisana DT Picks Up First Big 12 Offer

DeMarcus Hodge of Neville HS (LA) recorded 50 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 4 fumble recoveries, and 4 bat-downs his junior year. Hodge also led his Tigers to a 13-1 record enroute to a state championship. The 6-foot-1, 295 pound defensive tackle picked up his first Big 12 offer in the past week. Was it from Texas A&M? Find out all the details inside the tailgate!

DeMarcus Hodge of Neville HS (LA) recorded 50 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 4 fumble recoveries, and 4 bat-downs his junior year. Hodge also led his Tigers to a 13-1 record enroute to a state championship. The 6-foot-1, 295 pound defensive tackle picked up his first Big 12 offer in the past week from Texas A&M.

"I consider the A&M offer a big one," said Hodge. "As far as I know, one of our area players Pat Williams played for Texas A&M and he is very successful in the NFL. I still need to look into them [A&M]. I don't know much about them besides what I've heard about Pat [Williams]."

Defensive line coach Terrell Williams has to be one of the busiest off-season recruiters for the Aggies. You can tell that Williams likes to be hands-on with his defensive prospects and that could leave a lasting impression with Hodge.

"I like the fact that he [Terrell Williams] comes down to recruit his own linemen instead of sending someone else to do it. He has a great personality and I definitely could see myself playing for him at Texas A&M. He told me he came all the way up to Monroe just to eye-ball me. He liked what he saw so he offered me on the spot."

Although Hodge appreciated Williams making the trip from College Station to Monroe, DeMarcus won't use the coaching staff as a deciding factor when choosing a school.

"It's important to a point but someone told me that I shouldn't really go to a school because of their coaches just cause coaches always change. It's not guaranteed they will be there your entire 4 years."

Getting off the ball quick and constantly putting pressure on the QB are just few strengths Hodge described about his play on the D-line. DeMarcus plays in the Tiger's 4-2-5 defense at Neville and while he is familiar with the 3-4 defense A&M runs, he is looking for a system similar to the one he plays in now.

"I'm looking for a school that has the right defense. I'm looking to play in a 4-2 in college. I want to play close to home, not too close but not too far."

Of course being from Louisiana the LSU Tigers are always the talk of the town. Hodge insists he is not waiting for an LSU offer. In fact, he has no interest in playing under Coach Miles.

"I don't plan on waiting around for an LSU offer at all," said the Monroe native. "I don't have any interest in playing football at LSU. I know how they do things with their roster. They promise you things and then when you get there things change. They play favorites a lot. It's not like I'm saying I want to go to a school expecting to start right off. I want to compete for a spot. I'm just sick of always hearing about them."

Hodge doesn't know much about A&M and their traditions down in College Station so the Aggies are not in his top three at the moment.

"The first one would have to be Arkansas," said Hodge about his early leaders. "Then it would have to be Tennessee and TCU."

"A&M would have to be at the bottom of those three right now because out those schools I mentioned, I know less about them. That could change after I go to their camp. It wouldn't be fair to list them at the top with those other schools since they just started recruiting me. I'm not going to make a decision until I visit every school."

Hodge wants to visit Aggieland sometime over the summer.

"I plan on attending a camp there this summer but I'm not sure which one yet," said Hodge.

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