He was on LSU's campus Saturday for Boys from the Boot, the program's first Junior Day on the recruiting calendar for the 2013 class.
"It went pretty good," Hoefeld said. "There was a lot of information I got about the program.
"They seemed to stress academics a lot. I liked the academic program. They plan out the day and all that."
That helps the argument to stay home at LSU, with Hoefeld tabbing the Cox Communications Center for Student Athletes as the most impressive feature he was introduced to on Saturday.
"Academics will be really big for me," he said. "After college is something I think about now. I can't always rely on football. I want a job lined up because of my education.
"LSU can give me some good opportunities."
Hoefeld camped in Baton Rouge last summer, where he got a chance to audition in front of offensive line coach and offensive coordinator Greg Studrawa – who would be a chief decision-maker in the debate over whether the Tigers pull the trigger and offer Hoefeld a scholarship.
"I thought I did pretty well going against (Studrawa's) drills and he thought I did well," Hoefeld said. "(Studrawa) sort of singled me out and gave me a lot of praise."
On Saturday, Hoefeld spent his lunch hour with Studrawa.
"I talked to Coach Stud for a good bit," he said. "We had lunch with him and just talked about some general stuff. It was nice.
"Les Miles went to an All-America banquet with (Tyrann) Mathieu and (Morris) Claiborne, so he only came and talked for a few minutes. He let us know that he would be giving out a lot more one-on-one stuff come Feb. 4.
That marks the date of LSU's second Junior Day, which will see visitors from outside the state of Louisiana join in for a day with the staff.
Between now and Feb. 4, Hoefeld will get one visit from the LSU staff with the clear knowledge of where his recruitment stands.
"LSU has been the No. 1 school for a while in my life and family," Hoefeld said. "That would be a dream to fill.
"(Frank Wilson) is my recruiting coordinator, and he said that they would come to the school in a week to check in on me through my coaches. I like the feeling I am getting, so I hope and offer comes.
"I also hope to get some more Junior Day invites. I like Mississippi State and went on a visit for a game, and they have been giving me a lot of attention both when I went there and in the mail."