Hoch sees a spike in interest

It's a coming of age, so to speak, and juniors are not the hot topic in the recruiting world. It's sort of a crazy process, but after the paper is signed and faxed in, you are old news. That is why Dan Hoch has recently seen an increase in recruiting attention. The Husker commit says the new attention doesn't matter.

For some juniors, letter intent signing day for the seniors is the turning of a corner. It's anticipated by some, but for others who have made up there mind it might become a hassle.

Dan Hoch committed to Nebraska in December of his junior year. The 6-foot-7 and 290-pound offensive tackle from Harlan (Iowa) has seen a spike in interest, but his early commitment hasn't changed because of the interest.

"Nope, not a lot has changed," Hoch said. "That's the plan. It doesn't even enter my mind. I am firm. That is why I made my decision so early in the process."

Hoch has been hearing more and more from the two, division one schools from in-state and then a Big 10 power. Despite that new attention, Hoch remains firm.

"Yep, I have seen an increase lately. Through mail and text messaging I have been getting stuff from Iowa State, Iowa and some stuff from Michigan."

For those not familiar with Harlan football, they are a bit of a dynasty. A tremendous run of consecutive wins ended in the playoffs this year, but Hoch has been a huge part of the success since his sophomore year.

"We lost in the second round of the playoffs. We look and strive to hit first place every time, every year. We won it the last three years."

"If we would have won that last game it would have been 50 games in a row that Harlan would have won. I have started since I was a sophomore. I will be a three year starter."

Hoch isn't sure what his stats were, but judging from the honors he received he had a very solid year. "We don't keep track of any stats for offensive line. I won all-district, all-Southwest Iowa and all-state."

Spring and summer plans are starting to be made and Hoch only knows of a couple of things that he will do, football related, that he will be traveling for. Otherwise, the summer will be spent working out and playing baseball.

"I am going to go to the Nebraska camp for sure. I might even go to the Nike combine too. I think that there is one in Missouri."

"I'll be working out a lot. For football I'll be working on some more technique. I will also be working on getting faster and stronger. I will also be playing baseball. We play high school baseball during the summer in Iowa."

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