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2024 recruit Matthew Hodge commits to Villanova

4-Star Forward becomes the first member of Neptune’s 2024 Recruiting Class.

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.

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).

Matthew, Welcome to ‘Nova!

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