Player: Jayden Hodge
School: St. Rose (NJ)
Class: 2026

Gaining eyes more around the recruiting landscape, we head north to talk more to a rising prospect that is attracting more attention in 2026 6’5 Jayden Hodge. Jayden is the younger brother of Matthew Hodge (Villanova commit) and is helping lead the charge for St. Rose High School, a team that sits at 18-2 overall.

Phenom Hoops recently spoke to Hodge about his game and his focus, but we also dived into some of the latest in his recruitment as he recently added an offer from Rutgers, along with several other schools already offering. See what he had to say.

Game Description:

“I would say I’m a winner who is a two-way player that can attack the rim, make plays for his teammates, hit open shots, and guard the ball well. I’ve been focusing on consistency in my shooting.”

Latest Recruiting News:

Hodge has been active with his recruiting, as he has been able to rack up some strong offers early on.  He currently holds offers from Maryland, Penn State, Seton Hall, Villanova, Virginia Tech, Temple, St. Bonaventure, and Old Dominion, all offers he added in the last year.  But recently, he also added two new offers from Monmouth and Rutgers. He spoke to us about the latest offer from Rutgers.

“My recruitment has been going well,” he said. “The Rutgers offer was very nice. I went to the game when they played against Purdue, and it was a good game and they offered me after the game.  The coaching staff there is really nice, and I feel like they treat me like family already.”

As mentioned above, his older brother Matthew Hodge is committed to Villanova, so Nova certainly is a program to watch and is one that Jayden is familiar with already. He also was able to take visits to Old Dominion, Seton Hall, Villanova, Penn State, and Monmouth because of his brother’s visits. He also has been receiving interest from Kentucky he told Phenom Hoops.

When asked if his brother’s decision to play at Villanova, he said “I’m so happy for my brother but I think it won’t have an impact on my decision.”