Ramapo (N.J.) defensive lineman Jimmy Hogan did not know when he would arrive or what position he would play when he committed to Rutgers last summer. He now has answers to both, and is eager to begin his career as a defensive end.
Hogan played multiple line spots for Ramapo, but said he still has a lot to learn. That is where defensive line coach Jim Panagos comes in.
"I love that guy so much," Hogan said. "He's like a second father to me. His enthusiasm for the game, he's always running around screaming. He's always checking up on me and the other defensive linemen."
At 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, Hogan was told that defensive end is the starting spot but things could change in training camp.
"As of now, I'm coming in as a defensive lineman," Hogan said. "It could change to anything, really – whatever they want me to play. As of now, it's a defensive end. … As long as I get on the field, I couldn't care less where I'm playing."
Hogan lives a short drive from campus, which has led to plenty of visits to Rutgers. He recently spent time with fellow freshman Marcus Applefield and Logan Lister. He was also a visitor for the spring game.
"Sometimes I go down to hang out with them," Hogan said. "I've been talking with all of the kids in my class, and I know who I'm rooming with already. I'm really comfortable going in. I really bonded with them over my official visit and the spring game. We're all pretty close."
The final step for Hogan is high school exams before moving into his Rutgers dormitory next weekend.
"I'm in my last week of school right now, and then next week I have to take finals," Hogan said. "Then I move into Rutgers that weekend. No summer break, but it's whatever though. At least I'm playing football. That's better anyway."