Wake Forest High School linebacker Darius Hodge, who committed to N.C. State in June, is considering signing with Marshall instead due to his grades.
Hodge said in a text message on Monday that at N.C. State he would have to go to a junior college to bring up his grades before being able to play for the Wolfpack. However, if he were to sign with Marshall, he could sit out his freshman season and lose a year of eligibility while bringing up his grades.
The ACC does not allow its schools to accept non-qualifiers and Conference USA does.
He said he will announce his decision Wednesday on National Signing Day.
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Hodge helped lead Wake Forest to a 4AA state championship this season. He was voted the game’s MVP after posting 17 tackles and two blocked punts in a 29-0 shutout of Greensboro Page.
Hodge was a force for Wake Forest this season. He had 136 tackles, nine sacks, eight interceptions, two forced fumbles and seven blocked punts. He was also named the North Carolina AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2016.
If Hodge were to decommit, he would be the second linebacker to do so in the class of 2017. Nick Smith, a three-star linebacker from Orlando, decommitted from N.C. State earlier this month. Smith announced he was going to Florida on Saturday.