Hoak Hearing From Big Ten Teams

Dublin (Ohio) Coffman three-star quarterback Gunnar Hoak has an offer from Toledo, but several other programs are pursuing the 2016 prospect.

Dublin (Ohio) Coffman quarterback Gunnar Hoak continued to put up impressive numbers in his junior campaign, helping the Shamrocks to a 48-0 blowout of visiting Canton (Ohio) McKinley on Sept. 12.

The 2016 three-star prospect completed 12 of 18 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a 45-yard touchdown as his team cruised to its third win in as many games.

“On film (Canton McKinley) looked really good, and they are a good team,” Hoak said. Our team just came out really fast offensively. It was a really nice team effort. The run game was there for sure, and that opened up the passing game later.”

The 6-4, 190-pounder picked up his first offer when Toledo offered him a scholarship in June. However, plenty of other schools are eyeing Hoak and trying to get him to come on a visit.

“I’ve been getting a lot of stuff from Michigan State, Purdue, Pitt, Ohio, Illinois and even Missouri,” Hoak said. “Those are the main ones.”

He took up one of those offers to see a game on Sept. 6 when he traveled to Morgantown, W.Va., to see West Virginia beat Towson 54-0.

“I actually hadn’t heard from them all summer long and then the Monday before that game I got a letter from them in the mail inviting me down to the game,” he said. “I decided to go, so I went down and it was a really nice experience. The crowd was real live.

“I spoke with (director of player personnel Ryan Dorchester), and he said the quarterbacks coach (Shannon Dawson) was looking for me (during the visit) but I wasn’t able to find him. I’ve been emailing him back and forth.”

Hoak plays about 15 minutes away from Ohio State’s campus, but a different Big Ten program has caught his eye at this point in his recruiting process.

“Honestly, Michigan State might be up there at the top with Pitt and Ohio,” he said. “I’m just waiting to hear more from them, I guess.”

He’ll get a chance to see the Spartans in about a month. The only other visit he has planned as of now is to East Lansing, Mich., on Oct. 4 when Michigan State hosts Nebraska to open Big Ten play.

For now, he’s focusing more on his high school season than any college plans. The Shamrocks are 3-0 and host Hilliard (Ohio) Davidson on Sept. 19.

“I’m just looking to get better as a team,” he said. “We can do big things.”

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