Hoge names a leader

2015 offensive lineman Tristen Hoge of Pocatello (Idaho) Highland Senior talks about his front-runner after experiencing a three-day camp at Notre Dame.

Rising junior Tristen Hoge of Pocatello (Idaho) Highland Senior was offered by Notre Dame on Wednesday afternoon after wrapping up his three-day camp session with the Irish.

"The offer feels amazing," Hoge said. "Notre Dame presents a big-tome opportunity because it's a big-time school with both academics and athletics. The rich history of campus, and how well everything was so well preserved stood out. Seeing it all in person was awesome." Hoge also has offers from Boise State, BYU, Penn State, Utah and Washington State. Where does this offer put the Irish among his list of favorites?

"Notre Dame is my No. 1 school now," Hoge said. "I'm not sure about anything (rank-wise) after that, but they are my leader now."

Hoge is being recruiting by the Irish to play center.

"[Offensive line] Coach (Harry) Hiestand) really liked my coachability and my toughness," Hoge said. "He coached very differently than what I'm used to; technique wise, it was opposite than what I'm ever learned. He liked how easily I caught on to what he was saying and how well I did in the one-on-one drills."

Hoge also recently picked up an offer from Penn State after camping with the Nittany Lions, and he has a chance to pick up his third offer from the camp circuit when he visits Stanford in July.

"I am going to play everything by ear," Hoge said. "I don't know about making a decision, I'm still trying to digest everything that's happened recently."

When Hoge does decide, academics will take priority in his decision.

"Football doesn't last forever," Hoge said. "I want a school that can help me get a good career, not just a good job. I would like to major in both something to do with science and law."

Hoge is former NFL running back Merril Hoge's newphew, who now is a well-known football analyst for ESPN. How much does the younger Hoge talk about football with his uncle?

"Recruiting is a lot different these days," Hoge said. "He tells me it's still good to be old school though about the way I do things. It's still good to call coaches on the phone and talk in person instead of just text. Technology gets in the way of things sometimes. He also says to see as many schools as I can."

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