by Lee Brecheen
September 21, 2011 –When scouting and breaking down film every week, I really enjoy watching Wide Receivers, and seeing kids like Hunter Hodgkins from St. Louis Catholic High School in Lake Charles be old school and run great routes. That is something you don’t see a lot of anymore at the high school level with Wide Receivers. I think it’s a lost art at the high school level. This kid really does a great job running precise routes, and he has great hands when the ball is thrown to him.
St. Louis High School ran the ball in 2010 for close to 4,000 yards in rushing offense, but a great stat to see is that 90% of the passes caught in 2010 were by Hunter Hodgkins when the ball was thrown. To be exact, Hunter caught 34 passes for 549 yards and 4 Touchdowns in 2010. That’s not bad considering the team ran 90% of every game in 2010.
I consider this kid a sleeper because of his great route running, great hands, and deceptive speed in open field. Hunter stands 6-1 and weighs around 170 to 175 pounds. I also like how he competes at a high level at St. Louis Catholic High School in other sports like Soccer where he’s a starter on a two time State Championship team. He also runs Hurdles and the 300 meters in track at St. Louis Catholic High School.
In the classroom, Hunter has a 3.0 GPA and a 24 ACT score. I think this kid will be better in college because he still has a lot of room to grow into his 6-1 frame, and in two years he will be 6-1, 190 when it’s all said and done. If the right DI school gives him a chance through TOPS or Preferred Walk On, or if a IAA School gives him a full ride, they will get a smart , all out football player that one day will help someone’s football team.
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I hope you enjoy the interview below written by Mark Clements.
Interview by Mark Clements
LAFM: For starters, what’s your current height, weight and forty time?
HH: I’m 6 feet tall, 160, and run a 4.6.
LAFM: Are you originally from Louisiana?
HH: Yes – Lake Charles.
LAFM: Which teams did you root for growing up?
HH: LSU and the New Orleans Saints all the way.
LAFM: When did you first start playing football?
HH: I started in sixth grade. That the first time I played full contact football.
LAFM: Has it always been a big part of your family? Have you had any family members who played football in the past?
HH: Not really. My uncle is a football coach. He coached at Barbe.
LAFM: Do you play any other sports?
HH: I play soccer and run track.
LAFM: What position do you play in soccer? And what events in track?
HH: Forward in soccer and I’m a hurdler in track.
LAFM: At the next level do you see yourself playing football, soccer, running track or a combination?
HH: Probably not track. Either football or soccer, whichever looks the best.
LAFM: Do you play any other positions?
HH: Pretty much receiver but I do kick returns.
LAFM: Is there anyone in college or the Pros that you look up to or try to model your game after?
HH: DeSean Jackson – He’s so explosive and he runs good routes. He’s got great speed.
LAFM: What do you think is your biggest strength as a player and what part of your game are you trying to improve upon most this season?
HH: I think I run pretty solid routes and have good hands. I think I could get a little quicker and a little more physical I guess.
LAFM: Have you been to any camps at this point? If so, which ones?
HH: I went to a few this summer. I went to Tulane and Louisiana Tech.
LAFM: Which colleges have you received offers from?
HH: No sir.
LAFM: Which schools stick out right now at the top of your list? Is playing close to home a big factor in your recruitment?
HH: LSU of course because I like them, but I’m pretty open.
LAFM: Have you thought about what you might want to study in college?
HH: No sir, I don’t really have a set goal.
LAFM: What are some goals you’ve set for next season, for yourself and for the team?
HH: We’re hoping to win our third district title. I just want to do whatever I can to help the team.
LAFM: Which school is your favorite to play against, or which game gets you the most fired up each year?
HH: Notre Dame – we’ve been battling them really close for the past few years and haven’t been able to beat them. So hopefully we can beat them this year.
LAFM: What are some of the most memorable games or plays you’ve been a part of?
HH: The Washington-Marion game last year was a really close game and I scored a late touchdown to put us ahead. That was pretty memorable.
LAFM: And lastly can you give us your current GPA and ACT score?
HH: I have a 3.0 and a 24 on the ACT.