Hogue places Pitt amongst top schools

University of Pittsburgh Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt would like to establish a physical and punishing running game. One of the top running backs on the Panthers' radar happens to be a punishing running back from Yonkers, NY. The PantherDigest.com recently spoke with this blue-chip prospect about his visit to Pittsburgh. Read on for details.

"I really enjoyed my visit to Pittsburgh," stated rugged running back Doug Hogue (6-foot-3 inches, 210 pounds) from Roosevelt High School in Yonkers, NY . "I was able to watch the Panthers practice. It was great. I really like the city, the facilities were amazing and I have always been a big Steeler fan. It was great for me to be there and see Heinz Field."

Hogue recently completed an unofficial visit to the University of Pittsburgh. He rushed for 1,463 yards and scored 12 touchdowns as a junior. Doug earned All-Section and All-League honors. He is capable of running a 4.4 forty-yard dash.

"Based on what I saw at Pittsburgh, they are at the top of my list. Pitt, Penn State and either Syracuse or Maryland would be my top three."

When asked to comment on the Panthers' coaching staff, he quickly stated, "Coach (Dave) Wannstedt is a great guy. It was incredible getting to meet him. I have seem him when playing Madden on my Play Station and he was standing in front of me. He's really down to earth and honest. Coach (David) Walker has put a lot of players into the NFL. I think I could learn a lot from him. We spent plenty of time together when I was there."

Pitt, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State, Syracuse, Maryland and Temple have extended Doug scholarship offers. Scout.com ranks him a three-star prospect. Hogue has been a three-year starter for Roosevelt High School. He was the teams' starting fullback and linebacker his sophomore year. Doug remained a linebacker his junior year but he was moved a running back on offense.

"The Panthers want to run the ball and it seems like their offense fits my style. They told me they are looking for a big tailback just like me. I'm a strong north-south runner. Right now I'm around 210 pounds but I plan on adding another 10 to 20 pounds in college."

"I want to make a decision before the start of season. I have seen Pitt, Penn State, Maryland and Syracuse. I need to sit down with my family and compare the opportunity at each school."

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com.

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