"I really liked the staff here, especially coach (Dave) Hoskins who is our O-line coach," Hodges told JCFootball.com. "He's really good about coaching technique and the scheme and I just felt like he could get the most out of me."
Hodges started every game at left tackle in 2009 and was named First Team All-Mid Empire for his efforts. However, even with that success, the coaches have decided to switch him to right tackle this year.
"The coaches talked about swapping offensive linemen this year, so I'm headed to the right side," Hodges said. "We run more to the right and I am a good run-blocker, so they want to use my aggressive style and my strength more in the running game this year.
"I was more than happy to make the move. It's all about getting better and helping our team become the best we can be. We had a good season last year, but we want to be better this fall and with some of the talent we have back, we're pretty excited about what we can become."
When you walk on the field and see a guy like Hodges and his ideal size and quick feet, you see a D-1 athlete who is still just starting to see recruiting pick up.
"I got offered by New Mexico to come down there this fall, but it just didn't work out for me to go," Hodges said. "They told me they liked me so much that they would hold my offer for next year, so I have one offer and Alabama, USC, UCLA and Kentucky all have been recruiting me pretty consistently.
"I'm not really interested in making an early decision. Any school that wants to recruit me, I'm open to them, but right now, my focus is on my season and I'll take my visits and then decide."
Hodges is on pace to finish his AA degree in December and he'll have three years to play two at at four-year college.