Hoffman One To Watch For 2015

Mount Lebanon (PA) offensive lineman Matt Hoffman gets an early jump on the competition, working out at the Nike Footall Training Camp in Columbus.

Matt Hoffman knew he would be one of the youngest players in attendance, but when he received the invite to the Nike Football Training Camp, he did not hesitate.

"I got an invite during the winter, my coach (Mike Melnyk) gave me an invitation from them," Hoffman said. "I thought it would be a good experience since it's free and kind of close. I felt it would be a good chance to size up the competition of what I'd be going against."

In fact, if there was one thing he could take away, it would be that competition. Going up against several top players, that also included Da'Shawn Hand, he feels is a good measuring stick. Also, to simply go up against this competition, which he feels will help him within his own team in practices and against the teams he'll face in his section.

"It was a great experience because I learned so much," Hoffman said. "I'll be able to take what I learned today, and if I come back next year, I'll be better and more developed in my skills.

"This definitely helps because there's a bunch of big kids here, and in my section. It definitely helped me here because I won't be going against these guys every week. It helps me going into my junior year to be more skilled. To come back next year, even stronger, I want to be one of the elite players here."

Hoffman has a pair of four-star teammates in Penn State commit Troy Apke and offensive lineman Alex Bookser, good examples of those type of elite players he wants to be like.

"Bookser and Troy, they're very athletic kids," Hoffman said. "They've drawn a lot of attention, which helps. It helps my situation, because I'm surrounded by two very highly recruited Division I athletes. I helps me to get looked at, as well, so that's a bonus.

Does going up against a player like Bookser also help him?

"Most of the time, I don't go against Bookser," Hoffman said. "We play both sides of the ball, so we'll go up against the scout team, we play together. That's also good, to play with a guy like that who knows what he's doing."

Up next for Hoffman, the summer camp schedule. He isn't set on exact list of dates, but it sounds like he has a pretty good idea of where he wants to go this summer.

"It's definitely early, but I've gotten questionnaires and camp invitations," Hoffman said. "I'm going to a couple camps, Villanova, where my dad played. That's one of the big ones I'm going at. Penn State, I'm going to. Pitt hasn't said anything yet, but I probably will. Notre Dame, they invited me, and that's my dream school. That's one I think I'm going to."

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