Hodges Gaining Major Interest

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Bucky Hodges ‘ recruitment could be about to take off. Hodges, a 6’6″, 215-pound junior quarterback prospect out of Salem High School (Virginia Beach, VA), already boasts five major FBS offers and is now drawing interest on a national scale.

Recently, Hodges has spoken over the phone with an assistant at Ohio State, which of course is now guided by head coach Urban Meyer. In addition to the Buckeyes, he lists Oklahoma State, Oregon and Texas as those programs starting to show serious interest.

“I like what they are doing there,” Hodges said of Ohio State. “I’ve talked to a coach there. We’re building a relationship right now.”

Connecticut, East Carolina, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Virginia Tech are the five major FBS programs that have offered so far. The standout signal caller has spoken highly of both FBS in-state schools in the past. In particular Virginia Tech, a school widely thought to be at or near the top of Hodges’ list. In this article, though, Hodges claims no in-state favorite and no favorite in general.

“Neither one is ahead of the other right now,” Hodges said when asked if the Cavaliers or Hokies had the edge if he were to stay in-state.

“I’ve visited both of them. I like both schools and both atmospheres.”

Hodges was asked if any other teams had caught his attention this season.

“Oregon, Oklahoma State, West Virginia…I like the type of offense they run,” he said.

The plan right now is to not focus too much on recruiting until his junior year is over.

“I want to get through this school year first. I’ll sit down next summer and really start to look at where I want to go,” said Hodges, who is now playing for Salem’s varsity basketball squad.

Hodges has started on the varsity level since late in his freshman year. He enjoyed success in his freshman and sophomore seasons before breaking out in 2011. Guiding one of the most dangerous offenses in the state last season, Hodges threw for 2,142 yards with 26 touchdowns and only six interceptions. He also rushed for 434 yards and nine scores.

“I just got smarter and better over the last offseason,” said Hodges, who guided the Sun Devils to an 11-2 season in 2011. He earned Beach District Offensive Player of the Year and first-team all-Tidewater honors for his performance. “I watched a whole lot of