Hoffman Typical Offensive Lineman

Since the ink dried on National Letter of Intent day last year, University of Cincinnati football fans have known the biggest need in the Class of 2007 was offensive line. For months fans have posted on message boards and asked the question about who the Bearcats were recruiting and why no one had given the program their verbal commitment.

But while the former staff had several players in the loop, not until Brian Kelly became head coach and offensive line coach Jeff Quinn made the trek to Cincinnati did things really start coming together.  After much talk there is now a solid class of future offensive linemen on board ready to sign their letters a week from this Wednesday.

 

The latest offensive lineman joining the class is a player who found great success only to see college coaches take a wait-&-see approach. 

 

Alex Hoffman may not have been a household name to those in the recruiting world, but the two-year starter from Indianapolis Cathedral High School never doubted his future would include playing in a BCS conference for a team able to use his skills.

 

Considered one of the Top 33 players in a state known for basketball, Hoffman used his ability during the season to earn the college interest that would come his way in the closing months of the 2007 class. With a lack of college camps prior to his senior season the 6'7 – 275 pound lineman started to wonder if college coaches had missed his senior season.

 

"I was first team All-State and voted as one of the Top 33 players in Indiana after my senior season.  I was considered the best offensive lineman in Indiana on a team that went 13-2 in 4-A.  (5-A is the biggest conference in Indiana) We even beat the 5A state runner-up during the season."

 

But while it took awhile, college programs started picking up their interest once Hoffman's senior season was completed. 

 

"I didn't get my first offer until December and it was from Western Kentucky.  Then Cincinnati and Louisville called about official visits.  I'd only camped at Notre Dame for a one day senior camp and looking back I know this may have slowed things for me."

 

But while others may have worried Hoffman knew in his heart the work he'd done would pay off and his future would be in the classrooms and fields at the college level.

 

Making his official visit with his mother and father to the Cincinnati campus the Hoffman family saw the things needed for their son to find success.  With a solid staff and facilities second to none the Hoffman's saw Coach Kelly had a plan for the future of Bearcats football as well as for their son.  It didn't take long for Alex and his family to be sold on becoming a Bearcat and soon came his verbal commitment.

 

"I have confidence in my ability and feel I've got something to prove about my football ability.  Was I slighted by not seeing lots of programs recruit me?  Sure, but I'm glad to be part of a major football program with a chance to play in BCS bowl games in the future."

 

Down the stretch the Bearcats saw something in Hoffman that others started picking up on as well.  While things started slow they were heating up as other's came calling with hopes of signing Hoffman down the stretch as their other prospects either gave verbal commitments to other programs or looked to be lacking some academic credits to enroll next fall.

 

When looking at offensive linemen I look for several factors.  You have the big-time bruisers and you have what I call natural linemen, Hoffman is the latter as he won't impress you with a bench-press number, but put him on the field and he's got great natural strength and the ability to block both speed and bull rushers in the process.  While not a finished product Hoffman knows some hard long work is ahead of him.

 

"I've got to keep working on my strength and footwork.  My strengths have always been that I'm dedicated and willing to work hard for what I want.  This is something I've always wanted and I can't wait to get started in the weight program with the new strength coach."

 

When asked for a statement to give to Bearcat fans Alex had the following.

 

"Expect me to come in and work hard on and off the field.  I expect to play early in my career and will work for the teams success not just my own."

 

Alex is a typical offensive lineman.  They don't praise themselves and keep team goals ahead of their own.  While it's too early to say how Alex Hoffman's career may end up at Cincinnati, one thing is for sure.  He'll be a great example for the Bearcats program.


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But while the former staff had several players in the loop, not until \r\nBrian Kelly became head coach and offensive line coach Jeff Quinn made the trek \r\nto Cincinnati did things really start coming \r\ntogether.  After much talk there is \r\nnow a solid class of future offensive linemen on board ready to sign their \r\nletters a week from this Wednesday.

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The latest offensive lineman joining the class is a \r\nplayer who found great success only to see college coaches take a wait-&-see \r\napproach. 

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Alex Hoffman may not have been a household name to those in the \r\nrecruiting world, but the two-year starter from Indianapolis Cathedral High \r\nSchool never doubted his future would include \r\nplaying in a BCS conference for a team able to use his skills.

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Considered one of the Top 33 players in a state known for basketball, \r\nHoffman used his ability during the season to earn the college interest that \r\nwould come his way in the closing months of the 2007 class. With a lack of \r\ncollege camps prior to his senior season the 6'7 – 275 pound lineman started to \r\nwonder if college coaches had missed his senior season.

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\"I was first team All-State and voted as one of the Top 33 players in \r\nIndiana after \r\nmy senior season.  I was considered \r\nthe best offensive lineman in Indiana on a team that went 13-2 in 4-A.  (5-A is the biggest conference in \r\nIndiana) We \r\neven beat the 5A state runner-up during the season.\"

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But while it took awhile, college programs started \r\npicking up their interest once Hoffman's senior season was completed. 

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\"I didn't get my first offer until December and it was from Western Kentucky.  \r\nThen Cincinnati and Louisville called about \r\nofficial visits.  I'd only camped at \r\nNotre Dame for a one day senior camp and looking back I know this may have \r\nslowed things for me.\"

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But while others may have worried Hoffman knew in his heart the work he'd \r\ndone would pay off and his future would be in the classrooms and fields at the \r\ncollege level.

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Making his official visit with his mother and father to the Cincinnati campus the \r\nHoffman family saw the things needed for their son to find success.  With a solid staff and facilities second \r\nto none the Hoffman's saw Coach Kelly had a plan for the future of Bearcats \r\nfootball as well as for their son.  \r\nIt didn't take long for Alex and his family to be sold on becoming a \r\nBearcat and soon came his verbal commitment.

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\"I have confidence in my ability and feel I've got something to prove \r\nabout my football ability.  Was I \r\nslighted by not seeing lots of programs recruit me?  Sure, but I'm glad to be part of a major \r\nfootball program with a chance to play in BCS bowl games in the \r\nfuture.\"

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Down the stretch the Bearcats saw something in Hoffman that others \r\nstarted picking up on as well.  \r\nWhile things started slow they were heating up as other's came calling \r\nwith hopes of signing Hoffman down the stretch as their other prospects either \r\ngave verbal commitments to other programs or looked to be lacking some academic \r\ncredits to enroll next fall.

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When looking at offensive linemen I look for several factors.  You have the big-time bruisers and you \r\nhave what I call natural linemen, Hoffman is the latter as he won't impress you \r\nwith a bench-press number, but put him on the field and he's got great natural \r\nstrength and the ability to block both speed and bull rushers in the \r\nprocess.  While not a finished \r\nproduct Hoffman knows some hard long work is ahead of him.

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\"I've got to keep working on my strength and footwork.  My strengths have always been that I'm \r\ndedicated and willing to work hard for what I want.  This is something I've always wanted and \r\nI can't wait to get started in the weight program with the new strength \r\ncoach.\"

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When asked for a statement to give to Bearcat fans Alex had the \r\nfollowing.

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\"Expect me to come in and work hard on and off the field.  I expect to play early in my career and \r\nwill work for the teams success not just my own.\"

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Alex is a typical offensive lineman.  They don't praise themselves and keep \r\nteam goals ahead of their own.  \r\nWhile it's too early to say how Alex Hoffman's career may end up at \r\nCincinnati, one \r\nthing is for sure.  He'll be a great \r\nexample for the Bearcats program.

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