An in-depth breakdown of Notre Dame's newest commit, 2015 four-star offensive lineman Tristen Hoge of Pocatello (Idaho) Highland Senior. Included is player evaluation, quotes from Hoge, and recruiting implications for the Irish.
Profile, including junior film: Tristen Hoge
Rank: Four-star, No. 1 offensive guard in 2015
Scout.com national analyst Brandon Huffman:
Hoge is the West's top offensive line prospect in the 2015 class, and the top offensive guard prospect nationally. He has great size and a good frame to add more weight. He also has good flexibility and is a natural knee bender. Hoge plays center, but he can play any of the offensive line spots, and would be the top-rated center too nationally. A well-spoken kid who excels in the classroom, Hoge is a natural leader who's best football is still ahead of him, but he's already a stellar prospect.
Hoge picked up his first offers last spring from Boise State, BYU, Utah and Washington State. From there, he quickly expanded his list to California, Duke, Florida, LSU, North Carolina, Oregon State, Penn State, Stanford and UCLA.
He favored Boise State and BYU early in the process (last Feb.), but after he was offered by Notre Dame
at camp in June, Hoge maintained the Irish as his leader.
The only real threat to Notre Dame landing Hoge was Florida, who slipped off the map after a poor 2013 season and after Hoge knew he had found his future home in Notre Dame when he visited for the Irish's win over USC. Offensive line coach Harry Hiestand played a considerable role in Hoge's commitment. Hoge loved how Hiestand coached his players at camp.
Hoge fits everything the Irish look for in a player - excellent student, hard worker, great kid, and unlimited upside.
"At center I've always had a little extra snap in my ball and getting the snap off quickly and into my drive blocking technique. I work really well with the others on the line and I communicate really well with my teammates to get them all on the same page."
"Honestly, I don't see him that much, but when I do, he's a good uncle. It's good to get his thoughts on what he thinks about things such as recruiting and football and stuff like that. He'll give me little tips here and there, but I don't see him as much." - Hoge on his uncle & former NFL running back Merril Hoge
"[Offensive line] Coach (Harry) Hiestand) really liked my coachability and my toughness. 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."
"That's probably one of the biggest things that I look for in making my decision. I take pride in my academics. I always have. I take pride in getting straight A's, and I look forward to going somewhere that will help me get my degree, as well as places with good football. I want to go somewhere that can find me a career."
"I was ready to commit to Notre Dame the weekend of USC. But, I had an obligation to visit Florida, and I wanted to keep that. Now that I'm on Notre Dame's campus, it's the right time to commit. Honestly, there were no other finalists. Notre Dame was the only one."
Hoge joins a pair of four stars in Notre Dame's 2015 class, quarterback Blake Barnett
and offensive tackle Jerry Tillery
Similar to the 2014 class, Harry Hiestand is off to an undeniably fast start to getting his guys on board in the 2015 class.
From a subjective point of view, having covered all three's recruiting journeys and commitments to Notre Dame, I do not believe the Irish could have asked for a better start in terms of quality (on the field and off) to the recruiting class of 2015.
Notre Dame will continue to focus on reeling in 2015 guys that they've been recruiting for quite some time, including Midwest linebackers Jashon Cornell
and Justin Hillard.