One of the most watched players in the state of Ohio year in and year out is the quarterback at Cleveland St. Ignatius. They've had their share of great ones, including Joe Pickens, Dave Ragone, Scott Mutryn, and Nate Szep. This year, the Wildcats will be led by a quarterback who is being touted by some as possibly the best of the bunch in the 6-4, 190 pound senior-to-be Brian Hoyer.
Brian is a player whose stock is seemingly rising. He is getting interest from several schools, including Ohio State, Michigan, Iowa, Pittsburgh, Boston College, Maryland, Colorado, and Michigan State. Brian has been checking out some schools already as he attended Michigan junior day last weekend and will be going to Ohio State junior day this weekend. Brian has been up to UM more than once and likes the school and the coaches.
"I liked it a lot up at Michigan," he said. "I like the atmosphere... it's not too far away."
When asked what school Brian would like to hear more from, he replied, "Probably Miami, just because it's quarterback U... I went down this summer and liked it a lot."
Brian is also interested in hearing more from Florida, Texas and Georgia. This summer, he is planning on attending camp at OSU and Michigan for a day, and it's also possible he could make his way up to the Ann Arbor Nike Camp although he is not sure. Right now, Ohio State and Michigan are up at the top of his list (Brian has no individual leader), with Pittsburgh, Colorado and Maryland also up there. No offers have come as of yet, but the phone is starting to ring quite a bit (and it's not just from people at Bucknuts). Brian isn't sure when a decision might come though, and it sounds like it definitely won't come during the season.
"I want to make sure my main focus is playing for St. Ignatius," he said.
The Wildcats are perennial threats to win the state championship, but last year, there was some disappointment as they were knocked out in the first round of the playoffs by state runner-up Warren Harding. Brian seemed optimistic that the results this year would be different as the players coming back have high hopes.
"We have a lot of expectations," he said. "We'll have a lot of good chemistry."
Last year served as a tremendous learning experience for Brian, and he wants to take some of the knowledge he picked up into this season as he has been studying film and really wants to get everything down so he knows everything that is going on on the field. Taking time to learn is important to him as he said that he felt redshirting in college would be a good idea since it will provide time to learn the offense and also gain weight and be more physically ready to play.
It should be an exciting year for Brian Hoyer. He'll be one of Ohio's most sought-after quarterbacks, and in the midst of all of the recruiting, he'll be working hard to get St. Ignatius back to the state title. It should be quite a ride.
More on Brian Hoyer:
- On important factors in choosing a school: "Academics for one, the kind of program it is, the coaches will be a big factor too."
- Off-the-field activities include baseball ("My life revolves around sports," he said), listening to music, and helping to instruct kids with pitching and hitting. Helping the younger kids learn about the game is something he and his teammates enjoy doing.
- On his game: "I'm a dropback QB. I like to throw the ball, but if it comes to running, I feel I am athletic enough to pull it down and run."
- On some of the best players he's faced: "Shawn Crable... Prescott Burgess... Devin Jordan... the defensive end from Elder... Mike Kokal... Mario Manningham (junior-to-be WR at Warren Harding). That kid's amazing."
- Player comparison: "Maybe Ken Dorsey... I don't really compare myself to anyone though."