Salem (Virginia Beach, VA) finished the 2011 season with an 11-2 overall record and an appearance in the Eastern Region Division 6 final. With quarterback Bucky Hodges and wide receiver Kwamane Bowens returning next season, Sun Devils head coach Robert Jackson has reason to be optimistic for next season’s prospects.
“We’re excited about what we have coming back,” said Jackson, who’ll return five offensive starters and five defensive starters in 2012. “Our quarterback will be back, which is big for us. We have some good skill guys returning. We’re rebuilding on the offensive and defensive lines.”
The 2013 in-state quarterback class is an impressive one, and Hodges is in that group. The 6’6″, 215-pound junior was recently named the 2011 Beach District Offensive Player of the Year, finishing the year 126 completions in 203 attempts for 2,142 yards with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Hodges makes plays with his legs, but this season he has developed further in the passing game.
“What I noticed this year is he improved the way he manages the game,” Jackson said. “He was a lot more poised in the pocket. He matured a whole lot since the last year. Last year, he was a run-first type. He can run it. Originally, all he wanted to do was take off. Now he’s more patient and going through his progressions. He improved a lot as far as progressions and pocket awareness.”
East Carolina, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Virginia Tech have offered Hodges, who most recently attended the UVa/Virginia Tech game on November 26. The in-state schools are very much in contention here, though Jackson states that Hodges “hasn’t really let on” to having a favorite or favorites.
“He likes Virginia and Virginia Tech a whole lot. They are about 50/50 from what I can see,” Jackson said. “I think both offer a great situation for him.”
When might the talented prospect commit?
“By the summer, he is pretty much going to try and make a choice,” Jackson said.
Bowens, a 6’1″, 175-pound junior, is one of Hodges’ top receiving targets. He arrived at Salem from Seattle (WA) as a sophomore and has become a top player…he’s also a top in-state prospect.
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