Hogan surprised by Louisville offer

Kamal Hogan, a 5-10, 200-pound running back from Montvale (NJ) St. Joseph's, recently picked up a pair of Big East offers from Louisville and Syracuse. Though Hogan is interested in those two schools, the talented back hopes to land a few more offers after hitting the camp circuit this spring.

One of the more unheralded running backs in talent-laden New Jersey, Kamal Hogan recently found a pair of Big East offers in the mail after sending out his junior highlight tape to a ‘bunch' of schools all over the country.

"My recruitment is picking up since I sent my highlight tape out to schools," Kamal Hogan said. "I sent the tape everywhere basically. I've got two offers right now from Syracuse and Louisville. It's a good start for me. Waiting for the first offer is kind of nerve racking. There's a lot of stress off me now. I have interest in both schools that have offered me."

Hogan said he was surprised by the Cardinals recent offer because he's yet to speak with anyone from the Louisville coaching staff. That's likely to change soon as Hogan said he planned to call Louisville to discuss their interest in him.

"I got a letter in the mail with the offer from Louisville after I sent my highlight tape to them," Hogan said. "I've been to Kentucky before and I like the environment and area. Their football team is real good and I like their offense."

Hogan split carries as a junior with Kevin Adams, another talented back who signed with Pittsburgh this year. With those two carrying the load, St. Joseph's won the state championship last season. Hogan rushed for 711 yards and 10 touchdowns, earning first team All-NNJIL honors last year.

"I measure myself against Adrien Peterson…that's my idol running back. I'm a big back and fast and I can catch the ball out of the backfield and run," Hogan said. "I can get tough yards up the middle or run outside up the sidelines. I can do a little bit of everything."

Now, Hogan plans to display his talents in the camp setting in hopes of obtaining a few more scholarship offers. This weekend, Hogan will attend the Nike camp at Penn State. Next week, he's planning to participate in the Big Time Showcase. This summer, Hogan wants to hit some college camps, including one at Georgia.

Besides Louisville and Syracuse, Hogan also reports that he's getting interest from Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, Florida and Maryland. He recently visited Maryland for their spring game.

"I'm still looking to see what else is out there," Hogan told the Scout.com Rutgers site this week. "Honestly, I thought that Rutgers would be my first offer. They have been recruiting me since my sophomore year. Rutgers is a good environment. I went to spring practice and the spring game. They are definitely on my list of favorites."

In addition to offering Hogan, Louisville also just offered one of his teammates, wide receiver Kai Dominguez. "He said their offer was a surprise and it was the same for me," Hogan said. "It was kind of unexpected."

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