“BYU has been my favorite school and I love BYU,” said Hogan. “I love the coaches, the program, the school, and have been a BYU fan since I was a little kid. I’ve had season tickets pretty much all my life. When BYU offered me a scholarship, I had to take it.”
As a lifelong BYU fan, Christmas came a little early for Hogan, who has had a permanent smile on his face since receiving the BYU scholarship offer and his subsequent verbal commitment.
“I can’t even explain it because it’s so exciting,” Hogan said. “It’s just pure excitement and joy. At the same time it’s a little nerve-wracking because you want to be the best for BYU. I’ve been walking around with a smile on my face this whole time. It’s been great. If it was anybody but Utah, I would be fine, but the fact that it was BYU that offered me it’s been pure joy. I’m excited to play for BYU after my mission and get going.”
Hogan will go on a mission right out of high school and then will walk-on at BYU during his first semester. After his first semester he’ll be placed on scholarship, but will redshirt his to put more distance between him and Matt Foley.
“It just works out really well for me since Matt Foley, who is a freshman this year, will have been in the program for a few years before I get there,” Hogan said. “After my mission he’ll have been there for around three years, so I’ll just come in for that first semester and walk-on. I’ll prove myself, then get the scholarship since they don’t scholarship two long snappers at a time, after that first semester.
“I’ll just redshirt that first year and get bigger, stronger, and faster. I’ll be able to better learn and develop and shake off the missionary rust by getting back into football and college life. Basically, I’ll be taking Matt Foley’s scholarship when he’s done so it will work out really well for me.”
At one time Hogan was rated the nation’s sixth-best long snapper. However, he didn’t attend as many competition camps this summer so his ranking slipped a bit, to 14th.
“Yeah, I was rated the sixth-best this past January, but I just haven’t been able to make it to as many competition camps where they rate you,” Hogan said. “If you don’t go to a couple of those your ranking gets lower, but then you go to a couple of them and then they rank you higher.”
There are a few facets that go into being an effective long snapper, but coming in at around 6-3, 230-pounds, before losing some weight this year, Hogan can also run and tackle, which means he might be more than just your average long snapper.
“There’s a few of things that goes into long snapping,” Hogan said. “You have to have great accuracy. I always joke if they know your name as a long snapper that means you’ve messed up, so the first thing you have to have as a long snapper is great accuracy. Then you have to have a lot of speed on the ball. BYU kind of likes me too because I’m very versatile and athletic and can run down field and make tackles and things like that. Coach Poppinga said he might have me on special teams too. I also play defensive end and tight end for Olympus High School.”
Although Hogan is in his senior year of prep ball, his ability as a long snapper is already at the level of a division one college athlete.
“My speed on the ball from the snap is .65 seconds from the snap to the place holder, and that’s division one speed right now,” Hogan said. “I expect to be a lot faster but have only been long snapping for about two years now. I just expect to come in after my mission and hone my craft at BYU even further. I’m excited about the future and can’t wait to be a part of the program.”