SMU picks up local recruit

Defensive back recently joins AUS team’s 2014 class.

Saint Mary’s Huskies have announced the addition of Dion Thomas-Hodges to their football program.

The 5’7, 165 pound defensive back/return specialist from Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia (originally from Los Angeles, California) will join the team for the 2015 AUS season.

“We are extremely happy to add a student athlete like Dion to the SMU football family,” commented Huskies Head Coach Perry Marchese.

Thomas-Hodges recently completed his career with Auburn Drive Eagles of the Nova Scotia Student Athletic Federation Football League (NSSAFFL).

There were two main decisive factors for the local defensive back to commit to the Huskies.

“The reasons why I committed to Saint Mary’s were mostly because of the atmosphere and being close to home,” elaborated Thomas-Hodges.  “Due to just getting ACL surgery, I wanted to be around people I’ve known for a long time that I’m close with and trust to help me physically and mentally come off my surgery and get back on the field ready to go as soon as possible.”

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Moreover, Thomas-Hodges also wanted to have the opportunity to be instructed by new Huskies Defensive Coordinator Bryce Fisher.

“Coach Fish has been my coach/trainer/mentor for the last four years,” added the defensive standout.  “He coached me on Team Nova Scotia for two years and also coached me at Auburn Drive High School.”

With his commitment to the Huskies, this is a dream realized for the local recruit.

“I also have a very good feel for SMU’s football team in general,” expressed Thomas-Hodges.  “I’ve been around SMU ever since I moved to Nova Scotia from Los Angeles.”

“I attend most home games every season. I also was the ball boy for SMU for a couple of years.”


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