The good times continue to role for Arizona State this offseason from a recruiting stand point as the Sun Devils have added another local prospect to their 2017 class.
On Friday, 6-6, 190 pound wide receiver Curtis Hodges of the Mountain View Toros announced that he will be suiting home for the home town team at the next level.
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“It’s nice knowing the level competition and everything is going to be intense,” Hodges told Sports360AZ. “And with ASU being just down the road, it will be nice to have the familiarity of the area.”
Hodges credits the ASU coaching staff for believing they were the best fit for him during the recruiting process.
“Right away, I built a good relationship first with Coach (Mike) Norvell and now with Coach (Chip) Lindsey which I liked,” Hodges explained. “I really feel like they are building a great program and I want to be part of the success.”
The two-sport standout (football and basketball) is a long, athletic receiver that has length that makes him very difficult to defend. He made a big jump from his sophomore to junior season at the varsity level adding some physicality and improved technique. In 2015, he had 49 catches for 545 yards with seven touchdowns.
“Last year, I really learned how to use my size to my advantage and become a more physical player,” stated Hodges.
Hodges’ first division I offer came earlier this offseason from Iowa State. He is being recruited in basketball as well but told me last year at this time that football might take him further. Should Bobby Hurley should pursue him for the hardwood as well?
“I don’t think so,” he laughed. “It would be pretty cool to do both but I think I’ll have my hands full with football. Football is my number one priority.”
Max Hall is the last Mesa Mountain View player to commit to the Sun Devils out of high school back in 2004 before going to BYU to complete his collegiate career. Todd Heap is the most well known Toro who went on to have a great career in Tempe.
Hodges joins Saguaro’s Kyle Soelle, Corey Stephens and Jared Poplawski as the local prospects committed to Todd Graham’s 2017 class.