CoachSpeak: Scouting Jimmy Hogan

Ramapo (N.J.) defensive lineman Jimmy Hogan became the 20th Rutgers commitment in the class of 2014 with a Friday afternoon decision. Ramapo head coach Drew Gibbs spoke with ScarletReport.com about what makes Hogan and Rutgers a good combination.

Ramapo (N.J.) and Rutgers have a strong relationship with Greg Schiano and Tim Pernetti as key figures in both schools. With Jimmy Hogan'S Friday verbal commitment to Rutgers, the bond strengthens.

Ramapo coach Drew Gibbs was supportive in Hogan's decision and sees it as the right fit for his star defensive lineman.

"I think it's a great situation for Jimmy and even better for Rutgers," Gibbs said. "He's spent some time down there and it's a good fit. We're very happy about the academic support that they have for their athletes. Football wise, with the move to the Big Ten and everything else that's going on over there, it's exciting."

Hogan visited Rutgers Thursday to commit to coach Kyle Flood but needed an extra 24 hours to think over the ramifications of his decision before following through. After talking to his coach and family, Hogan was ready to commit.

"He wanted to make sure it was the best fit and it was right for his family," Gibbs said. "He took a minute to look at everything and then he was good to go."

Hogan checks in as a three-star defensive end in the 2014 FOXSportsNEXT.com rankings but projects as a defensive tackle in the Rutgers system. At 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, Hogan must add weight before he is ready to compete, Gibbs said.

"Jimmy has a great motor," he said. "He has an awesome combination of size and speed. I know he'll have to redshirt his first year at least because they like him as a defensive tackle and he's undersized for that right now. Give him a year to redshirt and he'll be at 260, 270 and carry it very well."

Hogan has a background at defensive end, but can fit into the pass rush role Rutgers uses inside.

"He plays defensive end for us and always has," Gibbs said. "I don't think he's a traditional 3-technique inside, but he can be a good C-gap defensive tackle going to the tight ends side. I think it's a good spot for him at Rutgers."

Like most Rutgers commitments, character concerns are nonexistent.

"He works hard and we've never had any discipline issues or anything like that," Gibbs said. "He's a very quiet kid, but he has leadership qualities as well."


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