Hodskins, a senior from Alpharetta, Ga., was born without the bottom half of his left arm due to complications in the womb. However, Hodskins hasn’t allowed his handicap to keep him from excelling in the sport he loves.
"When I'm out [on the court], I forget my arm isn't there and just play ball," Hodskins told the News-Herald of northern Ohio. "Passion and love for the sport helps me overcome all obstacles. To this day. I haven't come across anything I can't do."
The 6-3 guard had an impressive 2013 AAU campaign with the Tennessee Playmakers and may have sealed his walk-on offer from Donovan by excelling at the ScoutsFocus All-American camp. Hodskins was called the “most impressive talent at the entire camp” by Get Me Recruited, a hoops recruiting analysis and promotion site.
Hodskins possesses supreme ball-handling skills and a precise passer. He is also a very good scorer and a very good three-point shooter.
Hodskins averaged 11.3 points a game for Milton High School (Ga.) last year.
Florida’s offer of a preferred walk-on guarantees Hodskins a spot on the team in 2014 and a chance to earn a scholarship down the road with the Gators. Hodskins currently has no other offers, however, that could soon change according to Yahoo Sports as the University of Alabama-Birmingham and Birmingham Southern are currently considering making an offer.
If Hodskins does sign with Florida, the Gators 2014-15 roster will include -- as of right now -- 6-2 junior Eli Carter, 6-2 junior Billy Donovan, 6-8 sophomore Dorian Finney-Smith, 6-4 sophomore Michael Frazier, 6-4 Dillion Graham, 6-10 junior Damonte Harris, 6-6 junior Jacob Kurtz and 6-6 sophomore DaVon Walker.
The Gators will lose guard Scottie Wilbekin, forward Will Yeguete and center Patraic Young.
Florida has verbal commitments from Brandone Francis (Jacksonville, Fla./ Arlington Country Day), the 34th best player in the class of 2014 according to ESPN Recruiting Nation, and Chris Chiozza (Memphis, Tenn./ White Station), the 39th best player in the class of 2014 according to ESPN. The Gators have also extended offers to No. 4 prospect Trey Lyles (Indianapolis, Ind./Arsenal Technical), No. 9 Kevon Looney ( Milwaukee, Wisc./Milwaukee-Hamilton), No. 15 Justice Winslow (Houston, Texas/ Saint John's), No .16 Devin Booker (Moss Point, Miss./ Moss Point), No. 20 Kelly Oubre (Fort Bend, Texas/ Findlay College Prep) and No. 25 James Blackmon, Jr. (Marion, Ind./ Marion), among others.