N.Y. Sleeper RB Visiting PSU

One of the "Empire State's" biggest sleepers may not play for the biggest high school football program, but some of the hottest names in college football are beginning to take note of his talents, including Penn State. This super sized running back has already landed his first four official offers.

Doug Hogue, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound running back from Roosevelt High in the Bronx is a bruising running back who led N.Y. with 13.4 yards per carry.

"Recruiting has been going real good," Hogue explained. "I am hearing from Penn State, Syracuse, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Rutgers. I am really getting interest from all of the Big East schools. Syracuse, Maryland, Penn State and Temple have offered.

Hogue plays running back and linebacker for Roosevelt, but he reports that the schools are mostly recruiting him for the offensive side of the ball.

"I feel my strength is the fact that I am a very aggressive runner. I just like to use my aggressiveness to run the field and make things happen."

Hogue is receiving an abundance of attention from some of the nation's top programs, but he is concentrating on three schools that fit in with his geographical preferences.

"I do not really have a top five or anything, because I am already concentrating the most on three schools," Hogue began. "Syracuse, Maryland, and Penn State are my top three. I have already been to junior days at Syracuse and Maryland, and I will be going to tour Penn State this weekend.

"First of all Maryland and Syracuse both treated me really well while I was there. They both offered many of the same things. The facilities and the weight rooms at both schools are really good.

"The thing that stuck out the most about the Syracuse visit was the dome. The dome really got me hyped. The weight room was also something that stuck out for me.

"The thing that stuck out the most about Maryland was the campus. It is a huge campus and the field was really nice. They have good facilities with a pool and some nice study rooms. It is also nice that it is close to Washington D.C and places like that."

Hogue is fired up to be visiting Penn State for the first time this weekend.

"I can not wait to get out there and see it," Hogue exclaimed. "You always hear such great things about the campus and the football program, and I just am ready to get the chance to see it for myself. My mother is real high on Penn State and that is another reason why I am excited to see it."

Hogue plans to take in summer camps at Maryland and Syracuse.

As a junior, Hogue rushed for 1,463 yards and 12 touchdowns earning himself All-Section and All-League honors for his efforts.


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