September 28, 2022

Bethune-Cookman is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2-9 campaign in 2021, but have been extremely active in the transfer portal this offseason as they reload at multiple key positions. The Wildcats landed another instant impact player this week as former Penn defensive back Jaydon Hodge announced his transfer to Bethune-Cookman on social media. 

Hodge was a major piece to the 2022 recruiting class for Penn and was projected to be an instant contributor for the Quakers. The 5-foot-11, 182-pound defensive back was a 3-star prospect out of Ocala, FL and ranked as a Top-150 safety in the Class of 2023. Hodge was a 1st Team Ocala-Star Banner All-Area selection in 2020 for Trinity Catholic High School. He totaled 83 total tackles, 5 tackles for loss, and 9 pass breakups over his three seasons at Trinity Catholic. 

The secondary will be one of the strongest and most experienced units for Bethune-Cookman next season. 1st Team All-SWAC selection Omari Hill-Robinson returns for the Wildcats at the cornerback spot, while safeties Uriah Ratliff and Chrishun Jackson both return at the safety position for the 2022 season. Hodge will be another major piece for the backend of the Bethune-Cookman defense and could see time immediately for the Wildcats at safety. He excels in coverage, but does an excellent job coming into the box and making plays against the run. Hodge has spoken about his ability to play sideline to sideline is something that separates himself from other top safeties in his class. 

Bethune-Cookman will open their 2022 season on the road against Miami on September 3rd before hosting the defending Celebration Bowl champions in South Carolina State in a much anticipated Week 2 matchup. 

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