Three Star RB's Mom Favors Duke

Kamal Hogan says he expects to officially visit Syracuse and Duke in January. Currently the player is very high on a Big East program, but admits his mother favors David Cutcliffe's program.

Kamal Hogan, the 5-foot-10, 195-pound, three-start running back from St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, N.J., helped lead his team to a 9-3 record and the group three non-public state championship. Hogan finished his senior season with 950 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns. He also had four touchdowns receiving.

Hogan, ranked as the No. 42 running back in the country by, now favors Syracuse solidly over Duke, East Carolina, UCF, Louisville and Akron. He says all six have offered.

His first offer was from Syracuse at the end of his junior year. "I like it all," he said about the Orangemen. "The program is great, so are the coaches and the players. They are all real straightforward and honest with me. It doesn't feel like they are trying to sell me something."

Not only was Syracuse his first offer, but they are also recruiting him the hardest. "They call more often than anybody else," he said. "They really show they want me."

Hogan says he's been impressed with the improvements that Syracuse has made under coach Doug Marrone. "I think the coaches are doing a good job," he said. "It's not gonna happen overnight. They said they'd definitely get me on the field and use me anyway they can."

Thus far, Syracuse is the only in-home visit that Hogan has received. Offensive line/recruiting coordinator Greg Adkins visited Hogan at home about two weeks ago. "It was really more for my parents," he said. "He talked to my mom a lot and told her about the school and what it would be like. She's big on education."

In fact, Hogan admits that his mom's favorite is Duke. "She's all about the Duke education," he said. "That's her thing."

Hogan says he plans on visiting the Blue Devils in January, but isn't sure about the date. "I know I'm visiting Duke and Syracuse next month, but I'm not exactly sure when," he said. The only school he's already visited unofficially is Syracuse.

"Duke seems like a good school," Hogan said. "I haven't been there yet, but I've heard the campus is really beautiful and they seem to be up-and-coming too…like Syracuse."

While Hogan says he has offers from all six of his favorites, he admits that Syracuse and Duke are the main ones that are still contacting him. "I'm trying to contact Louisville because I know they have a new coach," he said. "I want to see what's up with them."

Hogan says that the Cardinals haven't contacted him since the firing of coach Steve Kragthorpe. "They weren't doing too good, so I guess they thought they had to make a change," he said about the firing. "I haven't been contacted them in a while, so that's kind of affected my recruiting."

Growing up, Hogan followed Miami and Georgia. "They always had great teams," he said. "I liked how they played and their crazy fans. Plus, I like the ACC and SEC too."

He says that Georgia recruited him a little earlier during the process, but neither are showing interest now.

Hogan plans on making a decision in January. "I think I should have already been committed," he said. "But I wasn't able to take any trips during the season and that set me back. I'd like to take two or three trips before I choose."

His main criteria for choosing a college are, "The coaches, the players, the area, the education, my playing time and depth chart and my comfort level at the school," he said. "That's the main stuff I'm looking at."

Hogan says he can bench 315-pounds, squat 400 and claims a 36-inch vertical jump.

"I'm patient," he said. "I can find the soft spot in the defense and I have good speed, especially to the outside. I have good cutback ability too.

"But I'm still working on my one-on-one situations in the open field," he said. "I want to get stronger and hit the holes harder."

Hogan says he'd like to major in engineering and reports a 3.4 core GPA. Although he says he doesn't remember his SAT score, he claims he's fully qualified and doesn't plan on retaking it.

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