OL Paris Hodges Update

<b>Paris Hodges</b> makes a statement wherever he goes, and it's no wonder. At 6-6 and 340 pounds, the right tackle from Fairfield, California thinks and plays big. And while he's helping the Vanden Vikings get to where they want to be, he's hoping a big season will get him where he's hoping to go; to a Division-1 school on a full football scholarship.

"Well, we've already achieved some of our goals," Hodges told Dawgman.com. "We wanted to get 3 backs over 100 yards in a game this year, and we ended up doing it two games in a row." He also currently leads his team in pancake blocks this season.

Paris runs a 5.6 40 and benches 375 pounds. "I think my agility is my strength and the fact that I go all out," he said. "I've been working really hard this year."

Is he a talker out there? With his size, Hodges doesn't have to be. "I'm definitely a leader, but I'm not a real 'in-your-face' kinda guy," he said.

There have been quite a few colleges that have been showing Paris the love lately, including Washington, Fresno State, Arizona, ASU, Utah, Colorado and LSU.

Despite the rush to offer, Hodges knows he'll be taking some official trips to his favorite schools. "I don't have any set up yet, but I want to take ones to Washington and LSU for sure."

He seems to like the Huskies. "I've been watching their games and I really like the team chemistry that I've seen. They seem really focused on what they do, but it also looks like they are having fun. And the coaching staff seems really nice."

Defensive Coordinator Tim Hundley is recruiting Paris for the Huskies. "Coach Hundley said that he liked what he saw on tape and that he just wants to make sure my grades up to par."

A local school is making the biggest impression on Paris so far. "Fresno (State) is pushing hard right now," he said. "They've really been the only ones so far to take the time to talk to my parents and to get to know my family."

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