Hoge eager to compete

2015 four-star offensive line commit Tristen Hoge of Pocatello (Idaho) Highland Senior was on campus last weekend for the Blue-Gold game, and he recaps his first visit back to Notre Dame as a committed prospect.

Notre Dame received a visit from junior offensive line commit Tristen Hoge last weekend for the Irish's Blue-Gold game. Hoge committed to Notre Dame in December.

"It was fantastic," Hoge said. "It was a little more relaxing this time because I was already committed. I could really connect with the players and some of my future teammates. It was good to start building some of their relationships."

Hoge said he mainly spent time with 2014 signees Quenton Nelson, Sam Mustipher and Jimmy Byrne.

"They're great guys, you can tell they're genuine," Hoge said. "I'm happy I'm going to get to play with guys like that."

Hoge was also able to spend quality time with his future position coach, Harry Hiestand, as well as Brian Kelly.

"I talked to Coach Hiestand for about an hour," Hoge said. "He's such a great guy to talk to. We can talk about anything, not just football. I really cherish that."

"Coach Kelly is the same way, very genuine," Hoge said. "He pulled me into his office right when I got to campus and we had a great conversation. It's great to be able to have a coach, mentor and friend in him."

Hoge said the key word in his football-related discussion with Kelly was opportunity.

"You are never guaranteed a spot because that's not the way college football works," Hoge said. "But, Nick Martin is graduating, and Coach Kelly emphasized that the opportunity was there. I have to go out and earn it."

Hoge will be back in South Bend for a week in June.

"My parents bought a house about 15 minutes from campus, so they can come to all of my games," Hoge said. "I'll be up there for a week in June because that's when we can move stuff in."

Hoge is the youngest in his family (older sister), so he said his parents plan to travel to all of Notre Dame's games - home and away.

Hoge is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 2 offensive guard in the class of 2015.

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