The longest field goal Haden Hoggarth ever hit was from 68 yards out. But, the Daytona Beach, Fla., prospect is certain he can connect from even further in certain circumstances.
So when Boise State special teams coordinator Kent Riddle contacted Hoggarth about kicking for the Broncos, he was elated. Now, the Bethune Cookman transfer is packing up and getting read to fly out west.
"I'm excited to get to Boise because that elevation is going to give me 5-10 more yards on my kicks," he said.
Hoggarth, a 2014 graduate of Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach, was committed to North Caroline State until the Wolfpack coaching staff changed the plans of when it wanted him on campus. So he reopened his recruitment.
"A couple of days before my visit they called me and said that they didn't want me until the summer," Hoggarth said. "I wanted to be somewhere this spring. So I went back to the schools that interested me and I talked to Coach Riddle. Boise is where I want to be, and where the coaching staff wants me."
Out of Seabreeze High, Hoggarth originally signed with and kicked for Bethune Cookman. After one season with the Wildcats, he stepped away to look for a different opportunity.
"I wasn't treated very well and it was an up and down season, so I left the program," Hoggarth said. "I reopened my recruitment and have been training since then."
Once the NCAA considers your eligibility clock started, however, it keeps rolling. Essentially Hoggarth took a redshirt year and an additional year while training for his next college chance. That means he has two years to play two for the Broncos.
"I can appeal for a third if necessary," he said.
Hoggarth, a preferred walk on to start with for the Broncos, has already been accepted into Boise State and is set to fly to the City of Trees today (Saturday). With only one other field goal kicker on the roster - Joel Velazquez - he is excited to get to The Blue and work.
"I'm excited to get in there and compete," Hoggarth said. "Down south, kicking is very competitive. I'm hoping it's the same way up there."