Blues “welcoming” atmosphere sold local recruit (VIDEO)

Mississauga linebacker/defensive back signs with OUA team.

Miles Hodge is staying local for his CIS career.

Recently, the 6’1, 180 pound linebacker/defensive back from Mississauga, Ontario signed with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues.  Hodge will join the team for the 2015 OUA season.

Ultimately, the combination of academics and football were the perfect fit for the defensive standout.

“I committed to University of Toronto because of its reputation of having one of the highest academic programs in the country and the drive and dedication the coaches have to make sure the players are successful on the field and in the classroom,” elaborated Hodge of his decision.  “I think playing with Coach [Kevin] Eiben who has an outstanding football background and the other coaches will help me to reach my full potential both on and off the field.”

Moreover, there were a couple of other reasons that played a role in his signing with the Blues.

“Having friends that I grew up playing football with are now attending University of Toronto also influenced my decision,” expressed Hodge.  “From the moment I walked into the locker room, I felt a part of the team everybody was welcoming and friendly.”

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Since the age of 10, the defensive standout has suited up for the Mississauga Warriors of both the Ontario Minor Football League (OMFL) and Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL).

During his time with the Warriors, Hodge experienced the highlight of his career in 2012 with the junior varsity squad when the team went undefeated on route to the league Championship.

“In championship game, I caused a forced fumble and recovered it on the 20 yard line right before half time to turn the game around and get my team motivated again as we were down by three touchdowns,” recalled the defensive standout.  “We came back and won the game.”

In addition to the Warriors, Hodge has played for the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Crusaders of the Region of Peel Secondary School Athletic Association (ROPSSAA) for the past five seasons. During that time, he was a captain.

“I am looking forward to this season to furthering my education in the Communications program and being a part of the Varsity Blues family,” added Hodge.


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