Recruiting: Broken Hand Sidelines Hoog

Big offensive line commitment Patrick Hoog informed us that it has been a tough season so far for his Medina Valley High School team. The Class 3A school opened the season with a steady diet of 4A competition and is sitting with a 1-4 record as they get ready for district play.

"We're 1-4 and we played three (Class) 4A teams to start out, and two of them are ranked really high. We opened with Beeville and got beat. Then we beat Jefferson, but came back and got beat by Breckenridge, but we've had a lot of injuries," said Hoog.

And that injured list includes Hoog.

"I've been doing good," said the 6-3 1/2, 293-pounder who just turned 17 years old. "I started on offense and defense the first three games. But then because I was getting tired at the end of games they moved me to just offense and then play me on defense when the situation calls for it and to give other guys a break. I only played a half of the last game because I broke my hand."

That will put you out of action, but Hoog said not for long. He will miss this week's game, but should be back the following week.

"I can play with a soft cast on," said Hoog, who is a tough kid. "They would have put it on but the swelling hasn't gone down. Next Wednesday they should get it put on and I'll play."

Hoog isn't the only starter down for Medina Valley. They have lost six players, including two starters to knee injuries, that will miss the entire season.

"We get four starters back next week, including me," added Hoog.

That district game will be against the Poteet Aggies. Speaking of Aggies, Hoog said he will be watching this Saturday when the Cowboys play the Texas A&M Aggies. He said he is still firmly committed to Oklahoma State and is hoping he can turn the second half of the season into a better memory to take him off to college in Stillwater.

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