Hodgman makes name for himself on offense

As a prep, Arizona Western OG William Hodgman (6-3, 320) made a name for himself on both sides of the ball. The former rugby player who hails from New Zealand has plenty of upside as a football player and the Matador coaches have moved him to offense in order to help pave the way for what promises to be a potent running game this fall...

Hodgman grew up in New Zealand playing rugby, but when he became an exchange student and found a home at Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) High School he decided to play football, utilizing his outstanding size and athleticism.

"It was definitely different from playing rugby, but not that much different," Hodgman told JCFootball.com.

Because of his lack of experience, Hodgman was a player who schools wanted to keep their eyes on, but none stepped up with an offer, so he headed to Arizona Western which has been building an outstanding program under third-year head coach Tom Minnick.

"I really like it," Hodgman said. "It's a good school with a good program and I feel pretty comfortable."

As a freshman last fall, Hodgman, who was recruited as an offensive lineman, ended up on defense and played significantly in the Matador rotation inside.

"The coaches actually said they liked me as an offensive lineman, but the defensive coordinator wanted me on D, so that's where I started out," Hodgman recalled. "This year, they have me moved over to offense and they think I have a chance to be really good there and so far, I've really enjoyed playing it."

Because schools have yet to see him at guard, none have made an offer, but three have asked for film and want to check him out early this fall.

"We had a lot of schools by to see us in spring," Hodgman said. "We have a really talented group of guys, so there were a lot of schools coming by looking at us and seeing what we could do.

"Arkansas, Cal and Hawaii are the three schools I've talked to a little bit. Hawaii wants some offensive line film, so we need to get that to them, but I might have to show them more this fall.

"They all seem interested in me, but right now, that's about it that I can think of."

One thing about Hodgman that sticks out when you see him is how strong and quick he is for a player his dimensions. He currently boasts a 390-pound bench press, a 580-pound squat as well as a 5.1 forty time and a 27-inch vertical.

He says he's working hard to get his AA in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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