Hodge Set To Camp In July

With the big one-day camp approaching on July 11th, many 2011 recruits in and around the state of Texas are starting to make official plans to College Station. One prospect the A&M coaching staff will be elated to see is Neville (LA) DT DeMarcus Hodge. The 6-foot-1, 300 pounder has his sights set on Aggieland for a 3 day visit with his family and he will be bringing a 2012 guest with him as well.

With the big one-day camp approaching on July 11th, many 2011 recruits in and around the state of Texas are starting to make official plans to College Station. One prospect the Texas A&M coaching staff will be elated to see is Neville HS (LA) DT DeMarcus Hodge. The 6-foot-1, 300 pounder has his sights set on Aggieland for a 3 day visit with his family and he will be bringing a 2012 guest with him as well.

"Coach Jordan called my coach and we have it planned for July 9th through the 11th," said Hodge about his upcoming visit to A&M. "We are bringing a guy they are interested in, too. His name is Larenzo Aleenior."

"I'm excited to get on campus to tell you the truth. I'm ready to go right now, but I have to wait so I'm going to do my research on them before I get down there."

One factor A&M has going for them is the impact defensive line coach Terrell Williams has made on Hodge early on in the process. Back in May, Williams drove all the way to Neville HS just to see DeMarcus in person. According to Hodge, Coach Williams was the only D-line coach to visit out of all the schools recruiting him. This could help the Ags down the road for the explosive DT.

"Me and Coach Williams have hit it off pretty good. He told me he was very impressed by me. I'm still appreciative he came all the way up to see me even though we only got to see each other for like 5 minutes. He caught me right before I was going to take a test but he said all he wanted to do is see me. 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. We talk on the phone and email each other a lot. He has a great personality and I definitely could see myself playing for him at Texas A&M."

The Louisiana native 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 en-route to a state championship. Those accolades have earned DeMarcus offers from Arkansas, Mississippi State, TCU, Tennessee, and A&M to name a few. Hodge has an early top 4 which doesn't include A&M but the first team all-district DT has a good reason for leaving them out.

"Right now my top-4 is Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi State, and TCU," said Hodge. "The reason why A&M isn't on that list is because I haven't visited them yet. I don't think it would be fair to put them up there with the schools I've already been to. I expect A&M to be near the top if the visit goes like I expect it to."

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. DeMarcus already has in mind what he wants to get out of the weekend visit in couple of weeks.

"I want to get to know Coach Williams better. I'm really looking forward to talking and hanging out with him. I have to be comfortable with my position coach and everything so we'll see how it goes."

"I want to look at what kind of defensive scheme they are running. I would rather play in a 4-3 or 4-2-5 but I don't have any problem with changing. If that's the school I want to go to then I'll have no problem with it."

As for possibly jumping on board with the Aggies in a couple of weeks, Hodge didn't rule out the possibility if everything feels right.

"I'm already impressed with Coach Jordan and Coach Williams," said the 300 pounder with a 30 ½ inch vertical. "I'm going to keep my options open but you never know."

For more information on DeMarcus Hodge and where he is slated on top-8 2011 defensive targets. Check this afternoon's Websider Friday Tidbits.


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