Hoge Pulls the Trigger and Picks BYU

BYU got a commitment from a 2015 quarterback from the state of Kentucky with a familiar last name to many BYU fans. Beau Hoge was on BYU’s campus last weekend when he was offered a football scholarship by Bronco Mendenhall. He made it official that he’ll sign as a Cougar and talked about it.

Coming in at 6-1, 205 pounds, Beau Hoge is a quarterback for Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, Kentucky. No, not Highland High School in Pocatello, Idaho his father, ESPN personality Merril Hoge graduated from back in 1983.

“Yeah, Merril is my dad and he played football up at Idaho State,” said Beau Hoge. “Then he played in the NFL for the (Chicago) Bears and the (Pittsburgh) Steelers.”

While his father Merril is a little more outgoing, Beau claims he’s a little more reserved than his famous father.

“I don’t know… I’m a little more reserved than my dad, and I don’t know if there is any factor there with his work as to why I’m different,” Beau Hoge said. “I guess I’ve never known what it’s like to have a dad who isn’t a TV personality. I just don’t know what that would be like, but we’re different in some ways.”

Merril Hoge enjoyed a nine year career in the NFL as a running back. His son Beau might not play the same position as his father did back in the day, but Beau is considered by many to be a dual-threat quarterback, despite Beau looking to use his legs last.

“I would say that running is kind of a last resort kind of a thing,” said Hoge. “I try and beat people with my mind as much as I can first, but I do have the ability to run. Some have listed me as a dual-threat quarterback and I would say that my footwork is probably my strength.”

This year Beau Hoge threw for over 2,800 yards and scored a combined 47 touchdowns through the air and on the ground for Highlands High School. It’s easy to see why many consider him a dual-threat quarterback.

“I think it’s like 2,800 yards or a little over that and around 30 passing touchdowns,” Hoge said. “I then had around 450 or something rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns.”

Last weekend following the UNLV game, Bronco Mendenhall and his staff extended a full ride scholarship offer to Beau Hoge. The recruiting process between him and BYU all started when he visited BYU over the summer.

“I’m really excited about my commitment to BYU,” said Hoge. “I went to BYU’s junior day over the summer and that kind of got things started. That’s when I was on their radar. Then they offered me Saturday night after the [UNLV] game. I was up there for that and they offered me after.”

The BYU vs. UNLV game was Beau Hoge’s first BYU football he’s ever attended. He was very impressed with the fan support on what was a very cold night in Provo.

“Yeah, that was actually the first BYU game that I’ve ever been to, and it was a lot of fun being out there in the stadium,” Hoge said. “I’m excited to be able to have the chance to play in front of a lot of committed fans. BYU has a lot of great fans and I’m excited to play in front of them.”

Even his father, Merril, was excited about the BYU offer.

“Oh yeah, he was extremely excited,” said Hoge.

The Kentucky gun slinger made his commitment based more on personal feelings than football success. Hoge is LDS and has always viewed BYU as being his “dream school.” Committing to BYU soon after the scholarship offer just made sense.

“I committed to BYU because I guess it’s kind of my dream school,” Hoge said. “It’s just a school that fits me and if they were the school that offered me last in the country I would still pick BYU. When they offered me I was ready to commit.

“I think one reason is because I’m LDS, and out here there’s not a lot of LDS people, so I’m excited to go to a place where there’s a lot of LDS people around. I’m really excited about going to BYU because it’s just a great place to be. It just fits me in every way.”

Congratulations Beau Hoge on his decision to commit to BYU. TotalBlueSports.com will continue to monitor him over the coming months until National Letter of Intent Day in early February.

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