Vols Commit, Hodge, enjoys ‘best visit’ yet to Tennessee
The atmosphere in Neyland Stadium was one of the best all season, as everyone associated with Tennessee was extremely excited and involved in the game. When we asked Hodge about his thoughts on the atmosphere inside Neyland, he said, “That atmosphere was something else. The players were into it, the coaches were into it, and the fans were behind them the whole way! Probably the best game I’ve been too!” The atmosphere in Knoxville is exciting and you can tell everyone around Tennessee’s program is optimistic about the direction of the program, Hodge is no different. Tennessee fans have to be excited to see that their attitude toward the program is rubbing off on future Volunteers and other recruits.
It is also important to mention the early adversity that Tennessee overcame to come out victorious in the game. While it is easy to forget, South Carolina had a massive 75-yard touchdown on the first play of the game to snag an early lead over the Volunteers. Hodge took notice of the Vols effort and said, “They came back and kept fighting. South Carolina scored on the first play of the game, and the team managed to keep their composure and play the next down!”
Hodge paid close attention to the running back’s in this game. Hodge noted, “All of the running backs are extremely talented, they play fast, and run hard. Coach (David) Johnson does a great job with those guys!”
Tennessee hosted a talented group of top targets and commits on Saturday, and the potential for them to play together was a topic of discussion. Hodge told us that the message was a simple one: “Change the culture! Simple. Get UT Football back where it belongs.” This is a quote that will get many Vol Fans excited, many recruits today don’t understand the national powerhouse that was once Tennessee Football. Hodge does, and he wants to be the one to bring them back to their glory.
Hodge is rated as the 678th overall prospect in the country, No. 48 RB, and No. 23 prospect in Tennessee, according to 247 Sports Composite Rankings. Hodge has been pledged to Tennessee since June 28th of this year.
Luke A. Thomas
Luke was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and grew up with a passion for SEC Football.
His career in journalism started in 2016 when he covered his hometown MTSU Blue Raiders. He would later go on to cover the local Vanderbilt Commodores before he would begin covering the Volunteers. He wrote for SBNation, covering UT Athletics before joining Volunteer Roadshow in May of 2019. At Volunteer Roadshow he covers all things Tennessee, with a focus on UT Football and Basketball.