WSU loses the commitment of four-star WR Isaiah Hodgins, who says he still likes the school but wants to re-examine all his options
Washington State lost one of its commits for the 2017 recruiting class when wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins announced on Twitter Monday night that he had withdrawn his pledge to the Cougars.
In his announcement, Hodgins said he still had “much love” for the WSU coaches and the school, and was still planning to take his official visit.
“I just feel like I owe it to myself to be 100% in my decision and take some other trips and weigh out all my options,” Hodgins wrote.
Hodgins, a 6-foot-3, 194-pound receiver from Berean Christian (Walnut Creek, Calif.) originally committed to WSU in May after taking an unofficial visit during spring ball. He’s rated a four star prospect by Scout.com.
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In a phone interview with the Seattle Times on Tuesday morning, Hodgins’ father, James, the football coach at Berean Christian, shouldered the blame for Isaiah’s early commitment to WSU and subsequent withdrawal of his verbal.
“I don’t think it was any one thing in particular,” James Hodgins said. “He hadn’t had an offer from Oregon when he made his commitment. So Oregon came in and kinda offered him after the fact, and also there were several schools that kinda had made their offer within a couple weeks of him commiting to WSU.
“So the evaluation process is probably more our — his parents’ — fault than anything. It was kinda rushed.”
After Isaiah committed to WSU in May, Oregon, Michigan and Nebraska all offered him scholarships. His offer list also includes offers from Washington, Oregon State, Boise State, Colorado, Colorado State and Hawaii. But at the moment, it sounds as if Isaiah is most intrigued by WSU and Oregon.
James said Isaiah would ideally have wanted the option to taking some trips while staying committed to WSU, but that they knew, when they committed to the Cougs, that WSU wasn’t in favor of its recruits doing that.
James said his son plans to take official visits to Pullman and Eugene, Ore. this fall, but they have yet to determine when these trips will happen. One thing is for sure: Isaiah is operating on a tight timeline because he is on pace to graduate early and join his college team as an early enrollee in January.
“He’d like to have taken his trips by November and made the decision before December, but we’ll see how it all goes,” James said.
James said his son wants to go to a college where there’s a good journalism school, where the offense is one that’s friendly to receivers, and where he could potentially contribute early.
WSU running backs coach Jim Mastro is recruiting Isaiah for the Cougs, while offensive coordinator/receivers coach Matt Lubick is recruiting him for Oregon. Coincidentally, James Hodgins has pre-existing relationships with both those assistant coaches — they both coached him during his playing days at San Jose State.
Per 247Sports.com, Hodgins currently holds offers from Boise State, Colorado, Colorado State and Hawaii.
Scout.com recruiting analyst Greg Biggins tweeted Monday that Oregon might pursue Hodgins now that the receiver has reopened his recruitment.