Visit plans for junior athlete out of N' West Rankin

Nik Hogan out of Jackson, Miss., took in an Ole Miss football game recently. Inside the 6-foot-5, 260-pound lineman discusses where his recruitment stands and where he will visit next.

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"My trip to Ole Miss went well," Hogan said. "I liked it a lot. They have a great atmosphere up there. The crowd was alive. My family enjoyed it as well."

The atmosphere at the Ole Miss/Alabama game was a little more than he was expecting.

"It was really loud. It was louder than I thought it would be because it was such a big game. The overall atmosphere was a little more than I was expecting. I really like their fans."

What did Nic focus on during the trip?

"I wanted to see how the players were coached up. Everybody was high energy and flying around. They get after it before the game during their drills. The thing that really impressed me was that I heard their coaches giving them their motivation speech before the game and it wasn't about the Egg Bowl or the SEC. It was all about winning a National Championship. That told me how serious they are up there."

The two-way player spoke to the Ole Miss coaches before and after the game.

"I spoke to coach (Chris) Kiffin the most and coach (Derrick) Nix. They were just glad to have me up there in Oxford. They told me they hope to see me back up there for another game. I told them I would definitely be coming back for another game."

Where will Hogan visit next?

"I'll probably go to Tulane and Notre Dame. Both of them have been talking to me a lot. I'm going to go check out Vandy too. They have been talking to me. They want to get me up there for a game as well. I'll go back up there to Ole Miss when they play Auburn or MSU. I don't want to miss the Egg Bowl."

Mississippi State was his first offer.

"I went over there when they played South Carolina. It was a good visit. I talked to their coaches. They are ready for me to be a Bulldog. That's all they ever tell me. They are just ready for me to commit."

What stands out about the Dogs?

"The coaches make it a family feel. I like the atmosphere up there as well. I have a strong relationship with their coaches."

Any chance an early commitment could be made?

"No, I have not even had a chance to visit the schools who I like that are interested in me. I want to see a lot of places like Purdue, Florida, Notre Dame, Vandy just a bunch of schools. I'm only a junior. I have a long ways to go."

Hogan had a thumb injury his sophomore season. This season he is healthy and has played a variety of positions.

"I play tight end, defensive tackle, defensive end and offensive tackle. I'm a good run blocker on offense. I'm still working on my pass blocking but I'm getting better. I just have the ability to block to the next level. At tight end I'm just big and athletic. I have good hands. Defensive tackle I'm quick and have good footwork. Defensive end I have size and length."

What is each schools recruiting Nic to play?

"I worked out with the defensive ends at the Tulane camp, tight end at Bama camp, offensive tackle at the USM and Ole Miss camps. State put me on both sides of the ball but they like me on the defensive line."

Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at


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