TE MATT HOCH 6'5" 245 Harlan (IA)
(Last name is pronounced HOE-k)
Hoch was a standout two-way player at the prep level who excelled as a linebacker on defense and as a running back and tight end on offense. He is considered a tough, physical player who possesses good strength and agility and has a big motor. Hoch won 1st-Team All-State honors each of his last two seasons, and helped lead his team to a state championship as a senior in 2009, winning MVP honors in the state title game as well. He registered 137 tackles and 28 tackles for loss in 2009, and added 702 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns, while catching 22 passes for 282 yards on offense. Hoch led his team in tackles as a junior as well, going for 98 stops and 20 tackles for loss with 8 quarterback sacks, while also seeing some action at tight end for a team which reached the state quarterfinals. He had 92 tackles as a sophomore, and was also a standout wrestler for his school.
His high school coach is Curt Bladt, and his parents are Kyle and Lori Hoch. He is interested in studying for the dental profession at Mizzou. He is the younger brother of starting offensive lineman, Dan Hoch. Matt lists fourwheeling, fishing and paintball as his hobbies. Matt chose Missouri over Iowa, Oregon, Nebraska, Stanford, Kansas State, and Iowa State, among others. He cites the gameday atmosphere at Mizzou and the family feel of the program as major attractions for him.
Missouri Assistant Coach Andy Hill was credited with being the lead recruiter on Matt Hoch. The argument could easily be made that brother, Dan was the real lead recruiter. Coach Hill talked about Hoch. "Matt is a tremendous talent. We see him as a guy who can come off the ball and hit people. He did lead his team to the state championship last year."
"He's got quite a package he brings with him," said HCHS head coach Curt Bladt. "He's very diversified. We kind of knew Dan was going to be an offensive tackle, but (Matt has) chances to be on either side of the ball . . . A lot of opportunities are available."
JP: "Obviously he has good bloodlines being Dan's brother. What stands out the most about him is his physicality on both sides of the ball. Very intense with a great motor playing defensive. And he also shows that on offensive along with great blocking ability and appears to be tough to bring down with the ball in his hands. That is something the Tigers could really use in a TE either in short yardage passing or if things happen as have been rumored and they use a more traditional TE at times on offense. He is also a very good long snapper from what I understand. So you have a player that brings a lot of different skills to the table as Coach Bladt says."
Greg: "Matt Hoch has great size and athleticism, and is reportedly a very capable pass-catcher. His inclusion in this class as a TE signals a shift in Missouri's offensive approach toward more diversification with repect to the utilization of the TE position."