It’s a great day to be a Wildcat. Villanova head coach Kyle Neptune got his first verbal commitment from the Class of 2024 when Matthew Hodge made the call for the Wildcats on Friday.
2024 4⭐️ Matthew Hodge tells me he’s committed to Villanova and Kyle Neptune.— 24/7 High School Hoops (@247HSHoops) September 29, 2023
Hodge is a versatile two-way forward who can do a bit of everything. A multi-positional defender who has good feel with the ball in his hands.
He chose Villanova over Maryland, Marquette, Penn State… pic.twitter.com/BCu7RylkUk
The Wildcats won out by beating Penn State, Maryland, and fellow Big East schools Marquette, Seton Hall and Xavier for Hodge’s verbal.
Hodge, a 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward, is a top-100 prospect in his class. He hails from Belmar, N.J., and is coming off of a big season with St. Rose High School.
He averaged 14.8 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.3 blocks per game as a junior last season and helped St. Rose win the New Jersey Non-Public B state title for the first time in 19 years.
Hodge is one of the catalysts in the Purple Roses’ resurgence, and he’s excelled against top-tier talent. He finished with 19 points and eight rebounds in the title game victory over a loaded Roselle Catholic squad that featured the likes of highly sought-after recruits Mackenzie Mgbako (Indiana), Simeon Wilcher (St. John’s), and Akil Watson (Arizona State).