Around the MAC: Conference play kicks off

Offensive Coordinator Jake Moreland rallies his offensive line.

Even as the NCAA continues to extend the recruiting dead period amid the coronavirus pandemic, that has not stopped Western Michigan football from securing verbal commits to bolster its 2021 class.

On Sunday, Keondre Hodges, a defensive lineman from Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, Va., became the Broncos ninth verbal commit of 2021, as he announced his decision via his Twitter account.

Hodges also held offers from Buffalo, Grambling State, Delaware, Massachusetts and Morgan State, according to 247 Sports.

On tape, Hodges seemingly does a nice job of winning battles at the line of scrimmage by using a combination of his hands, his footwork and his sheer power.

At 6-foot-3, 270-pounds, he looks to be a mismatch for much of his high school opposition with his power and athleticism. 

Hodges also looks like he can line up both inside and on the edge of the defensive line and does a nice job of finishing plays once he does get into the backfield.

By the time he gets to Kalamazoo in 2021, Hodges will have plenty of competition and players he can learn from on WMU's roster. Guys like Braden Fiske, Andre Carter and Will McCabe should be able to provide some guidance at the position for when Hodges enrolls at Western Michigan in 2021.

Western Michigan currently has the 56th-best recruiting class in the nation for the class of 2021, according to 247 Sports, which ranks third in the Mid-American Conference behind Toledo (43) and Northern Illinois (49).

To see Hodges' highlights on hudl, click here.

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