KhaDarel Hodge is a wide receiver for Prairie View A&M University. Last season, he had 29 receptions for 500 yards and three touchdowns. He’s entering his junior year with the team.
KhaDarel took the time to speak with myself and Locker Room Update about his career background in football, as well as his aspirations in the sport. Check it out!
When did you first fall in love with playing football?
I started playing playing flag football at age 3.
Who was your role model in football when you were growing up, and who was your role model outside of the sport during your childhood?
Growing my role model during football was my cousin Shay Hodge. He was a great receiver and athlete at Ole Miss and I seen a lot of me in him. Outside of football was my older brother. He been through so much in his life but he never gave up and still pushed through. I always pushed myself to be better than him.
What’s the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you?
The most inspirational thing didn’t come from a coach it actually came from a player. Johnte Herbert told me “once you stop thinking you’re already great then you can get better.” That brought me to reality and made me work harder.
Why choose Prairie View A&M University?
I chose here because Coach Simmons told me he was coming here and I respect him as a coach and a man.
Who in the NFL do you see as a role model for what you want to accomplish in football, and why?
I believe Dez Bryant or Odell Beckham….. I say Dez because of how he demands the ball and is great with the jump ball. I say Odell Beckham because his route running and explosiveness. He also brings his own swag to the game.
If an NFL scout were to walk up to you and give you ten seconds to sell yourself, what would you say?
I’m a great player, great potential, coachable, great athlete, dependable, and loves the game.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Playing in the NFL. Making the top 100 list.
And to close, what’s the most important thing about you off the field that makes you a better player on the field?
I hold myself accountable for all my actions. I’m real hard on myself if I miss something. So I think the fact that I discipline myself off the field helps my play on the field.