By Chris Williams, CycloneFanatic.com PublisherFollow Chris on Twitter @ChrisMWilliams
Iowa State’s first commitment of its 2013 football recruiting class used the phrase "all in" two times in one four minute interview with CycloneFanatic.com on Monday afternoon.
You think that Perris (Calif.) quarterback Trevor Hodge is pumped up to be a Cyclone?
Hodge, 6-foot-2, 190-pound dual-threat quarterback, stepped foot in the state of Iowa for the first time at a Cyclone camp a week and a half ago, received an offer from Paul Rhoads and had no reservations about making a quick decision last Friday afternoon.
"I went to the one camp. They liked me. I’m all in," said Hodge. "I committed so basically now I’m focusing on my last year in high school. It’s going to be my best season and I’m looking forward to that. Ames, Iowa here I come."
Iowa State was and still is the only school that offered Hodge a scholarship, although several BCS programs were starting to recruit him.
"Their style of play is my type of style," said Hodge of the Cyclones. "They like my enthusiasm about the game and how I like to run the ball and make plays, throw the ball and make reads. Iowa State saw things in my that other schools haven’t seen so I’m giving my option to them."
Hodge said that Iowa State’s offense is similar to the one that he currently runs at Perris, where he tallied nearly 3,000 yards (2,115 through the air – 738 on the ground) in total offense along with 16 passing and 15 rushing touchdowns as a junior.
"It’s the same concept," said Hodge. "We do a couple things that are similar and a couple of things that are different but besides that, everything is right on track with what we do out here."
The word "upside" is often times overused in recruiting but that might really turn out to be the case with Hodge, who is only beginning to learn the position of quarterback.
"I’ve never really had a quarterback coach so I’ve pretty much been playing off of talent," said Hodge. "I haven’t gone to many camps. I just really pretty much just play off of talent."
"There is way more to the position of quarterback than what I know right now. I’m willing to give my whole self to it."
Hodge said that he is done taking camps this summer and is now looking forward to his senior season of high school.