New York Back Enjoys PSU Visit

Doug Hogue, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound running back from Roosevelt High in Yonkers, N.Y., recently returned home from an unofficial visit to Penn State. It is plain to see that he was impressed by what the Nittany Lions had to offer.

"The visit went real good," Hogue said. "The visit had me going crazy it went so well.

"I stood right on the 50 yard line and imagined what it would be like to play football at a place like Penn State. I know that other stadiums will be impressive as well, but it was a great feeling."

The campus and the traditions of the program impressed Hogue.

"The campus is a mile long, and they had this wall where all of the former players get there name etched on after they are done playing," Hogue began. "If I were to play at Penn Sate then one day I would get my name on that wall. I could picture myself bringing my kids to the campus one day and showing them my name.

"The coaches did not talk to me all that much about football. They told me all about their academics and asked me what I wanted to major in. I told them I was going to major in business, and they showed me that they had a nice business section. They told me that if I come in and take care of myself academically then the football will take care of itself."

Hogue may not know former Roosevelt standout Jimmy Kennedy on a personal level, but he is aware of the success he had at Penn State.

"He went to the same school as me, and his mother lives a couple of blocks up from me right now," Hogue said. "I do not know him personally, but I know his brother a little."

Hogue had previously noted that his mother was extremely high on Penn State, and the weekend visit may have vaulted them to the top of his list as well.

"I went with two of my coaches and a freshman teammate," Hogue explained. "I took a whole bunch of pictures for my mother, and she was real happy that I liked what I saw. We stayed up and talked about the visit all night long.

"I would say that visit has put Penn State up a notch above the other schools."

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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