Nevertheless, Hoard is looking for a place to play college football as National Signing Day quickly approaches.
"I thought that I was going to get a scholarship to play for Arkansas Tech, but they got a running back from the University of Arkansas within the last few days," said Hoard, who plied his trade in the rural, remote woods of northeastern Louisiana.
"I was getting interest from Northwestern State, but they told me that they don't have any more spots now. My coach sent my highlight tape to Arkansas-Monticello and we're hoping to hear back from them."
A decade-or-so ago, Winnsboro High School was a regular entry in the small-school playoffs until the school -- located in the parish seat -- consolidated with other smaller schools (such as Crowville HS).
As a result of consolidation, the Franklin Parish Patriots were formed and the football program found itself smack dab in the middle of arguably the toughest Class 4A district in the state; a district comprised of juggernauts such as Neville and Bastrop.
In 2009, the Patriots went 3-7, but they turned things around last fall, winning their first four games and reaching the playoffs.
"We really weren't expecting to make it to the playoffs," said Hoard, who was the best player on the team. "We ran the triple option out of the Wing-T and I played quarterback, fullback, and running back. I had 10 touchdowns and 730 yards on 50 carries. I didn't get many carries."
Hoard, who scored a 22 on his ACT, benches 315 pounds, power cleans 310, and squats 560 pounds.