When NC State offered linebacker Darius Hodge, State probably assumed that he would have his academics up to the standard necessary to enroll at an ACC school. Hodge, who is one of State’s top commitments, verbally committed to the Wolfpack in June.
However, as the N&O’s Jonathan Alexander reports, Hodge is now considering signing with Marshall because he is going to be a non-qualifier academically. The ACC does not accept non-qualifiers, which means that Hodge would have to attend a junior college to improve his academic standing before enrolling at NC State.
If he were to sign with Marshall, he could enroll there, though he’d still have to sit out a year. Key difference being, you know, he’s not stuck at some junior college. I mean, if I were him, I’d seriously consider Marshall, too—at least with that scenario he gets continuity in terms of school, teammates, friends, etc. Transitioning from high school to college can be daunting enough as it is.
Hodge was extremely productive during his senior season at Wake Forest HS and although he’s a consensus three-star prospect, he’s one of the top five players currently in State’s class, so his departure would definitely hurt.
He plans to make his decision on Wednesday.