Recruiting: Hoog Enjoys OSU Trip

You may not have heard much about lineman Patrick Hoog of Medina Valley, Texas, but you will. Hoog is a 6-3 1/2, 293-pound offensive line prospect that was in attendance at the Oklahoma State spring game over the weekend. Hoog was so impressive to the Oklahoma State coaching staff that they offered him a scholarship while he was on campus Saturday.

"Oklahoma State was very good," said Hoog. "I really liked the facilities and the coaches. I liked the way they coached and the relationship they have with the players. I also liked the apartments the players live in. Those are really nice. The spring game was a good game too. It was a good atmosphere."

Hoog plays both ways for Class 3A Medina Valley, and his head coach, Brain Emerson, likes to point out that Hoog is still only 16 years old. Hoog told us that he will turn 17 in June. He plays both ways for Medina Valley, offense and defense.

"I like defense better," said Hoog. "But I think I will make a better offensive lineman."

Hoog is extremely strong. In fact, these are really out of this world numbers for a 16-year-old high school player as he has a bench press max of 430 pounds and a squat max of 660 pounds. It's no surprise that he also competes in power lifting and throws the shot and discus in track. He recently finished second in the district qualifying for the regionals in two weeks in Kingsville.

As far as recruiting, in addition to Oklahoma State he has heard from Texas A&M, Duke, Missouri, and Arizona State He attended the Texas A&M junior day in March and said that went well. His father graduated from Texas A&M and his mother graduated from Texas A&M-Kingsville. He admitted he was an Aggie fan growing up but he wants to see what is out there for him in recruiting.

"The coaches can come out from April 16 to May 31 and also call you," said Hoog. "I want to see what schools show interest and what is out there for me and then I will probably make a commitment right after the end of May."

I've known Hoog's coach for a long, long time and I can guarantee he has been coached well. I can also tell you that Brian Emerson is somewhat reserved about bragging on his players, but he really likes Hoog. This is a young prospect that has lots of potential and somebody is going to find out in early June that they'll have the chance to develop that promise at the college level.

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