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UNLV lands Palo Verde star


Jummel Hidrosollo / Special to the Home News

Palo Verde running back Sidney Hodge dodges Cimarron-Memorial defensive back Roderick Washington during the Sunset Regional semifinals at Palo Verde High School on Nov. 14. Hodge verbally committed to UNLV on Jan. 26.

Updated Monday, Jan. 26, 2009 | 6:01 p.m.

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Cheyenne's Marcus Sullivan dives in the end zone for one of his three touchdowns in a victory earlier this season over Cimarron-Memorial. He confirmed his commitment to UNLV on Monday.

UNLV's football program landed a commitment from another Las Vegas product on Monday.

Palo Verde running back and defensive back Sidney Hodge became the fifth local to verbally commit with the Rebels. He said he will gray-shirt and not enroll to January 2010.

Hodge also had offers from Weber State and Southern Utah, where he visited this past weekend.

"The program is headed nowhere expect up," Hodge said of UNLV. "I talked about it with my dad and we put all of the pieces together. This is where I'm supposed to be."

The 5-foot-8, 175-pound Hodge rushed for 858 yards and eight touchdowns on 113 carries in 2008. He will play defensive back for UNLV.

The locals to commit include: Spring Valley offensive lineman Nate Holloway, Cheyenne running back Marcus Sullivan and Bishop Gorman's Charles Childers and John Therell.

Sullivan committed to UNLV two months ago but took a recruiting trip to Utah State last weekend after the Aggies made a late push for his services.

Sullivan said Monday he liked the trip, just not enough to stop him from signing with his hometown college.

"I just wanted to stay home and be a Rebel," Sullivan said.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected].

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