Long Pursuit Ended With Hodges’ Commitment

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Salem High School (Virginia Beach, VA) quarterback Bucky Hodges started four games on the varsity level his freshman season.  He showed well, throwing for about 200 yards in his first start and leading the Sun Devils to two straight wins to end the year.  Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer had seen enough, and he decided to offer the promising freshman in the spring of 2010.

As you might imagine, Beamer and company were plenty pleased with Hodges’ decision to commit to the Hokies last Saturday.

“They were real happy,” the 6’6″, 220-pound junior said, referring to Frank Beamer and Curt Newsome.  “They were hugging me and telling me how happy they are.”

Bucky Hodges (Courtesy of Recruit757.com)

Last weekend was a big one for Virginia Tech, but also for Salem High School.  In addition to Hodges, Sun Devils rising senior linebacker Andrew Motu’apuaka also pledged to Tech.  Both Hodges and Motu’apuaka arrived in Blacksburg last Friday night, and at the time both were leaning heavily towards committing to the Hokies.  They decided to sleep on it, and obviously neither had a change of heart come Saturday morning.

“I went in there having a good idea that they were my number one,” Hodges said.  “I just thought I might as well pull the trigger.”

Asked what drew him to Virginia Tech the most, Hodges answered:  “The program.  Everybody knows about Virginia Tech football.  They know how to run a program and everything.  They have a real good tradition.”

Other factors were important as well, including the projected 2013 season depth chart.  Before last weekend, Tech was only projected to have three scholarship quarterbacks — Logan Thomas, Mark Leal and Brendan Motley —