- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
Junior quarterback Devlin Hodges (Kimberly, Ala./Mortimer Jordan) grew up an Alabama fan, and he got a special treat when he visited last weekend for the Florida Atlantic game. He got to meet Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban.
“It was one of my favorite trips that I’ve taken to Alabama,” Hodges said. “I got to meet Coach Saban and speak with him. That was very exciting. He took me into his office, we sat down, and he was telling me that they were interested in me a lot.
“It was a very good feeling. It made me more confident in myself.”
During the visit, Saban talked to Hodges about their offense and how the 2014 signal-caller could potentially fit in. He also told the high school junior to make sure he keeps his grades up in the classroom.
“A lot of people say that he’s an intimidating guy,” Hodges said. “I wasn’t as nervous as I thought. I was just really excited. It was good to meet him.”
The game itself wasn’t as exciting because it was a lesser opponent and the Crimson Tide won easily, but Hodges watched UA quarterback AJ McCarron and noticed a part of his game that most might take for granted.
“I watched AJ McCarron a lot and the ability he has to make plays with his feet that a lot of people don’t see,” Hodges said. “He’s a real good quarterback. I just watched the offense in general. It was an exciting game even though they were playing Florida Atlantic.”
Hodges, who stands at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, also has the ability to make plays with his feet as well as his arm.
The Alabama native plans to be back in Tuscaloosa this weekend for the Ole Miss game. He’s already visited Mississippi State once this season, and he’s scheduled to visit Vanderbilt on Oct. 13 when the Commodores host Florida.
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