Hoge all in for the Irish
Notre Dame hosted 2015 offensive line commit Tristen Hoge on an official visit for it's shutout victory over Michigan. Hoge visited the Irish last year for Notre Dame's win over USC, though he admits one game had an edge over the other. "I'm glad I got to go to a game like that," Hoge said. "It was so different from the USC one last year. It was more electric. The atmosphere was just incredible." During Hoge's visit, he was able to spend quality time with top Irish targets in attendance, running back Sotonye Jamabo and linebacker Te'Von Coney. "I talked with Soso and Te'Von the most," Hoge said. "Soso is a tremendous athlete. I know you may hear this a lot, but he's truly a Notre Dame guy. He really loved his visit, and so did his family. My dad and his dad have actually been in constant contact since the visit." "To me honest, I couldn't tell you where he's going to go, and I hope he just picks the best place for him, but I know they (Soso and family) just really enjoyed the atmosphere at Notre Dame." "Te'Von had already been to Notre Dame, so he already had high expectations for his official visit, and I don't think it disappointed him one bit," Hoge said. "We call Porter Gustin 'mountain man,' and he really lets his actions do most of the talking. I think he had a great time." On Sunday, Hoge was able to join some of his fellow future teammates (wide receiver commit C.J. Sanders and safety commit) Prentice McKinney) as well as Jamabo, Coney, and Gustin for a day of fun at Brian Kelly's lake house. "It was awesome, we had such a ball," Hoge said. "We were able to really bond as teammates and get to know each other better. Kelly's house was beautiful, and we got to enjoy a really nice dinner that night." Hoge was joined on his visit by most of his family, who recently bought a house in South Bend so they can attend games more easily during Hoge's tenure. "It's comforting knowing that they can be there," Hoge said. "It's a good balance because I'll be far away from them most of the time, but it will be nice having them there a lot during the season." When Hoge will make a return visit to Notre Dame is still up in the air. "Depending on my schedule, I'm not sure," Hoge said. "This year we don't have any bye weeks, so it makes it harder. I'll definitely be back for banquet weekend, though." Hoge is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 2 offensive guard in the class of 2015.
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