Up-and-coming Nevada quarterback one to watch

Danny Hong manned the starting quarterback position for Bishop Gorman's junior varsity team, and is being groomed to take over the starting varsity spot down the road. Located in Las Vegas, Bishop Gorman High School is currently ranked among the nation's top 25. Hong also has some interest in BYU and Coach Mendenhall's program.

Danny Hong was a freshman starter for Bishop Gorman's junior varsity team, and during the season his coach wanted to get his future varsity quarterback's feet wet a little early. So, Hong's number was called, and out on the field he went to take command of the nation's 22nd ranked varsity offense.

"Yeah, I actually got into a couple of games," said the 6-foot-3-inch, 185-pound Hong. "I was able to run some plays here and there and it wasn't too bad. I mean, we had a pretty big lead and my coach just said for me to get out there. It was actually a pass play and so I got a completion for a first down."

At the junior varsity level, Hong led the Gaels to a successful season.

"We did pretty good," Hong said. "We went 9-1 and our only loss was to Servite High School in California. Servite is a really great and very disciplined school. They have a great football tradition and they're a really well coached team. It was kind of a battle the whole game. It was just touchdown after touchdown."

So what did Hong think of competing against fellow junior varsity quarterback Neil Pau'u, brother of BYU linebacker commit Butch Pau'u?

"Oh, he was an above-decent quarterback and was really, really good," Hong said. "He was definitely good. I don't really know him but he definitely played like an all-star that game, and I'm sure he plays like an all-star every game."

If all goes as planned, Hong hopes to one day become an all-star of his own.

"We run a pro-style offense and so I'm more of a pocket-pro quarterback," said Hong. "My dad is actually a USC alum, and so he watched Matt Leinart and Carson Palmer and kind of saw me become more of a pocket style of a quarterback and didn't want me to run the ball as much. He just kind of brought me up under that style of a quarterback."

As for BYU, Hong likes what the school and football program have to offer.

"BYU is a great academic school," said Hong. "I mean, it's a really, really good school. Some great quarterbacks have come out of BYU as well. Let's see, Ty Detmer, Steve Young from a while back, Max Hall and John Beck. I mean, BYU has a great football tradition, and so the interest there is great."

Located in Clark County, Nevada, Bishop Gorman is a private Catholic high school named after Thomas K. Gorman, the first Bishop of the Reno-Las Vegas Diocese. With BYU also being a private religious institution, that has helped increase Hong's interest in the Cougar program.

"Kind of like how Bishop Gorman does here, it kind of raises you to live a modest, humble lifestyle and just make a difference in everybody else's lives. I think it's great that BYU expects more out of you to live a better lifestyle and to be a good citizen in your community."

Heading into his sophomore year, Hong will participate in camps this upcoming summer, including BYU's summer camp if the opportunity arises.

"I wouldn't mind at all heading out there and checking things out. If I get an invite I'll definitely be there."

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