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BREAKING: Star WR Isaiah Hodgins picks WSU over Michigan, Oregon and others, discusses verbal with CF.C

NOT EVEN A late push from Michigan's Jim Harbaugh could stop the Cougs from landing their guy. On Monday night, wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins made his college commitment. He held offers from Michigan, Oregon, Nebraska, Washington, Oregon State and many others. But he tells Cougfan.com that he can't wait to head to Pullman for his college ball.

The Air Raid offense wins again. Hodgins is a Coug.

“I’m going to Wazzu,” Hodgins told CF.C. “I just love the coaches over there. I’ve talked to the players too and the atmosphere at Washington State is great. They throw the ball a lot with their spread offense. It just feels like the right fit for me.” 

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Hodgins is ranked three stars by Scout.com and the No. 13 wide receiver out of California. The Walnut Creek, Calif., product held double-digit offers, including six from Pac-12 schools. Michigan, Nebraska and others also sent tenders his way.

“I was down to WSU, Boise State, Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon State and Michigan,” Hodgins said. “There were some other schools I liked too, but those were the ones I was really considering.

“It was anything major. I’ve just been talking with my family about the best fit for me and I’m solid with my decision. I talked with coaches and players on all the teams. I’m excited about my decision to commit to Wazzu.”

Hodgins, who delivered the news of his verbal to area recruiter Jim Mastro, took an unofficial visit to Pullman last month and also tripped to Spokane in late April to check out the WSU Spring Game. Seeing the Air Raid in action was certainly a head-turning experience, the 6-3, 190-pounder said.

“It definitely played a role in my decision,” Hodgins said of seeing WSU during its Spring Game. “Just watching them air it out and have fun out there was awesome. When I watched them in practice, they were just throwing it all day. It’s a wide receiver’s dream. 

“I got to talk with guys like Gabe Marks and Luke Falk about the offense. I got a better feel for how they run things and how the team handles things. In my gut, WSU is the place for me.”

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As a junior in 2015, Hodgins had a big year for Berean Christian, hauling in 94 receptions for 1,483 yards and 23 touchdowns. He wants Coug fans to know he’s hoping to record even higher numbers once he gets to WSU. 

“Tell them (the fans) to get ready for next year to see me go,” Hodgins said. “Hopefully I can come out there and catch 100 balls and help lead the team to a Rose Bowl.”

Note: Hodgins is the son of former NFL fullback James Hodgins, a member of the 1999 St. Louis Rams’ Super Bowl Champion team. James Hodgins also had NFL stops with the Arizona Cardinals and the New York Jets.


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