Jason Hodges Signs with University of Arkansas Baseball at Guaranteed Rate Field

Jason Hodges, signing ceremony, University of Arkansas
Jason Hodges, right, sizes up his new bling after signing to play for the University of Arkansas last Wednesday at Guaranteed Rate Field. (Photo: Mary Compton)

Chicago, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Jason Hodges of Park Forest, cousin of former Chicago Bulls player Craig Hodges, signed a letter of intent to play baseball at the University of Arkansas last Wednesday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Jason Hodges, Chicago White Sox, World Series ring
A smiling Jason Hodges displays his Chicago White Sox World Series ring after signing to play baseball with the University of Arkansas. (Photo: Mary Compton)

Hodges was also one of 10 players who received a World Series ring from the Chicago White Sox as he was on the Chicago White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) baseball program that won the championship over the summer.

Jason Hodges, signing ceremony, Guaranteed Rate Field, World Series Ring, Chicago White Sox
Jason Hodges displays his Chicago White Sox World Series ring at the signing ceremony at Guaranteed Rate Field on November 14, 2018. (Photo: Mary Compton)

According to the Chicago White Sox, this year’s event moves the total number of student-athletes who will go on to higher education institutions to more than 180 participants since 2007. Twenty-four ACE alumni have been selected in the MLB draft.

Jason Hodges now stands in their number.

Jason Hodges, Guaranteed Rate Field, signing ceremony
Jason Hodges (front, third from right) with others at the signing ceremony at Guaranteed Rate Field on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. (Photo: Mary Compton)

The 2018 signing day class includes athletes from Brother Rice High School, Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy, Hammond High School, Harlan Community Academy, Homewood-Flossmoor High School, Illiana Christian High School, Kenwood Academy High School, Lindblom Math and Science Academy, Marian Catholic High School, Marist High School, Montini Catholic High School and Mount Carmel High School.

“Through the ACE program, the White Sox offer rising stars in the inner-city baseball community the opportunity to play baseball against other highly competitive groups on a traveling team. ACE team members (12-18 years of age) are engaged in an elite practice and competition schedule, while receiving academic direction to prepare them for success both on and off the field,” the White Sox said in a release about the event.