March 5, 2012

Hodges still open

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One of the top quarterback prospects in the Atlantic East region is Virginia Beach (Va.) Salem product Bucky Hodges. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound prospect is closing in on a dozen verbal offers, including one from Ohio State. Hodges says he keeps in frequent contact with the Ohio State coaching staff.

"My recruiter (from Ohio State) is coach (Zach) Smith," said Hodges. "I talk to him on a weekly basis. He's a great guy and all of the coaches are (at Ohio State), I've talked to most of the coaching staff there. He's like a player's coach and he understands everything that I'm going through right now (with recruiting)."

Another thing that Hodges likes about Ohio State is the way that new head coach Urban Meyer uses the quarterback.

"I like Urban Meyer," Hodges said. "I like the things he did with (Tim) Tebow in the spread offense and he runs the offense through the quarterback too."

Hodges said he is looking at trying to get to Ohio State at some point but is unsure of when he will be able to make that happen. In the near future, he does have three other programs he expects to check out.

"I'm supposed to get up to Virginia Tech and Virginia soon," he said. "I'm trying to get up to West Virginia too, that's about it."

West Virginia was the latest to offer Hodges and he says that he was excited to get the offer from the Mountaineers.

"I really like the West Virginia offense," he said. "I like the way they involve the quarterback in their scheme. Everything goes through the quarterback and I like the spread offense."

With nine offers and several other programs showing interest, Hodges maintains that he is still wide open in his recruitment.

"I don't really have any favorites," he said. "All the schools that have offered me, those are my favorites right now."

On the field, Hodges is coming off a strong junior season that saw him pass for approximately 2,000 yards and add another 500 yards rushing. His balance as both a true passer and a runner is a big reason why he has the interest of so many outstanding college programs.

"I'm the definition of a true dual-threat quarterback," he said. "I'm a passer first, I can kill you with my arm and make all of the throws but when a play breaks down, I can make plays with my feet."

Hodges is rated a four-star prospect by and the No. 202 player in the nation.


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