Elijah Hodge Q&A

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 4-star linebacker – prospect profile

Elijah Hodge is the second most highly touted prospect in Wisconsin's Class of 2005. The 6-foot, 205-pound athlete is ranked the No. 16 linebacker prospect in the nation by Scout.com. Aggressive, physical and fast, Hodge will begin his Badger career as a ‘will' linebacker.

Originally a native of St. Thomas (Virgin Islands), Hodge has been timed at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He tallied 120 tackles, four caused fumbles, three fumbles recovered, one interception, eight tackles for loss and three sacks his senior year.

Wisconsin defensive coordinator Bret Bielema recruited Hodge for the Badgers. Bielema also recruited Hodge's brother, Abdul, when Bielema was an assistant at Iowa. Abdul Hodge is currently one of the best linebackers in the Big Ten. Elijah Hodge was an honorable mention Parade All-American this fall.

Hodge is qualified academically, with a 980 SAT and a 3.2 grade-point average. He expects to study sports medicine at UW.

Hodge chose the Badgers over Ohio State, Iowa, Rutgers and Duke. In addition to a Dec. 17 official visit to Wisconsin, he took official trips to Ohio State, Iowa and Rutgers.

Badger Nation: What was your favorite memory from your official visit?

Elijah Hodge: "Just being in the hotel one night and just laying down in the bed and just really thinking about it and just was like, I was shocked. Just the feeling was so strong. There was no doubt in my mind that Wisconsin was where I wanted to go."

BN: What are you most proud of from your prep career?

EH: "Just graduating, getting to the next level, basically. It's just another step in my life that I've got to take."

BN: What was your favorite college team growing up?

EH: "Florida State."

BN: Why?

EH: "My brothers used to like them so I just caught on to them too."

BN: Who was your favorite athlete? Why?

EH: "Barry Sanders. I like the fight in him.

"Barry's not the type of guy that stepped out of bounds. He was fighting for every inch. I just like his playing style."

BN: Do you anticipate redshirting your first year at UW?

EH: "No, I don't sir. I feel like I'm on a level where I can just come in and work my butt off and if I obtain a starting position than I do, but if not I plan on contributing to the team some how."

BN: What are your goals for your Badger career both for this year and in seasons to come?

EH: "Well, for my first year I want to come in and learn the plays cause that's where a lot of athletes go wrong at. They come in their first year, they don't adjust to the system. I'm trying to come in and not be a freshman. I'm trying to be a part of the team."

BN: When do you expect to arrive on campus?

EH: "Me and Coach Bielema talked about me coming up the second week of June, like two weeks, just to learn the plays and go up there and… get some work in and get a step on it. Then I'm going to come back and I will go up officially like in August."

BN: Where do you think you will be in 10 years?

EH: "Just hopefully still playing football. As long as I'm still playing football I'll be happy."

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