"I was planning on going over there for their senior camp but something else popped up, and I could not make it," added DeMarcus Hodge. "That was the first time I got a chance to see their campus. It made a real good impression on me. The one thing that surprised me the most is that they do not have two-a-days. The campus was really pretty though. I got a chance to talk to the players and get a better feel for it over there. I really just enjoyed the whole visit. It was all great."
What did Hodge want to key in on during the trip?
"I just wanted to see how I was going to stack up against everyone else and see the campus and see how much playing time I would get. But really, I just wanted to see how comfortable I would be there if I were to go to school there. After seeing them today, Ole Miss is definitely in the mix. They really made a big impression with me."
The trip as a whole was better than DeMarcus anticipated.
"It was better than I thought it was going to be because of how nice their campus is and their defensive coordinator really stood out to me. I like his defensive schemes and me and their defensive line coach really hit it off. I am looking for a staff I can connect with because those are the guys you are going to spend the majority of your with for the next three to four years."
The playing time factor was a positive for the Monroe resident.
"I will be getting on the field my freshman year because their whole four man rotation graduates this year. It really is a perfect situation for me to be walking into. I can come in, compete, and show them what I can do."
Where does this leave Ole Miss?
Hodge last reported that TCU and Arkansas were his leaders. Is that still the pecking order?
"Yea, they are still my leaders, but I have to go home and evaluate things and see how everything plays out. Ole Miss stood out for me pretty good today, and they are definitely in the mix now, but Arkansas and TCU are definitely in the mix as well."
Anybody else still in the picture?
"MSU. I love everything about it over there and especially their coaching staff. When I went on my trip there; they were one of two schools that I immediately felt comfortable. Arkansas was the other."
What are TCU's positives?
"I like how compact the campus is so it keeps everything within walking distance. They have the #1 defensive in the country, and I can get a lot of early playing time if I go to school there. I just like the whole environment around that program. That is what stands out to me about TCU."
Does Hodge have a time-frame for a decision?
"I want to take some official visits before I decide, but I could have a decision before the end of the season."
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org