Linebacker is a great need for Nebraska’s 2020 recruiting class. The Huskers need to continue infusing talent into that position group, especially considering the fact that they currently have no inside linebackers committed in this class. It would also be a great help if linebacker targets could contribute early.
That’s where Independence Community College inside linebacker Jamoi Hodge comes in. Hodge took an official visit to Lincoln this weekend and loved what he found.
“I liked it,” Hodge told Hail Varsity after his visit. “It pretty much shocked me. I didn’t know they had that much to offer. On and off the field. Academic and football-wise. I didn’t know they are getting a new weight room just for football. I didn’t know that. The fans shocked me too. I knew they had a good fan base but I didn’t know they had one like that. They stayed the whole game. I’ve never seen that in person before. Usually when a game is basically over with five minutes left, people start walking out. From what I saw, most of them stayed and kept on the whole game.”
Hodge was really impressed with the plans that head strength and conditioning coach Zach Duval has for the weight room. The new facility was a big hit with him. He was also impressed by the current setup. The technology that’s going into the future weight room really stood out. As a rare four years to play three JUCO prospect, he would get to use that facility.
The linebacker says that he talked with inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud and running backs coach Ryan Held while in Lincoln. Hodge got on the whiteboard with Ruud and after that he can see himself fitting into the Huskers defense.
“We watched film on how the defense works,” Hodge said. “He showed me techniques that he teaches. He showed me some practice film and drills he does and stuff. I think I can fit in and make some good plays in the defense. I can come in right away and from the jump be able to take off, make big plays and make a name for myself. I still have three playing years. So I feel like I can come in and make a name for myself early.”
He was hosted for the weekend by freshmen Myles Farmer and Mosai Newsom. Hodge liked both of them and really clicked with Farmer over their shared love for music. His conversation with Frost also left an impression.
“The conversation between me and Frost, I liked it a lot,” Hodge said. “He knows what he is doing. He’s wants to change it around quick and he knows how to do it. The conversation was kind of straightforward like, ‘We need you here right away to make an impact and need more linebackers.’ It was pretty straightforward.”
He has a scheduled trip to Arizona next week but that’s the only other trip planned. Right now, the Huskers are sitting in a good spot with the defender.
“To be honest, they [Nebraska] are on top right now,” Hodge said. “I’m just going to probably go ahead and check out Arizona to see what they have to offer. I’m going to be making my decision soon on where I’m going to go. I don’t have a timeframe yet but it’ll be soon.”
Hodge had his eyes opened by his trip to Lincoln. It also happens that what he is looking for most, matches up with what he saw over the weekend.
“I want to be on a defense where we all click together and are playing for one purpose,” he said. “I want to win championships. I just won conference but I want to win a national championship too. I feel like Nebraska can pull that off too.”
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.