QB Hogan Makes First Rutgers Visit

One of the top quarterback targets on Rutgers' board made his first trip to the campus for an unofficial visit Friday. Afterward, Kevin Hogan of Gonzaga High (Washington, D.C.) talked about what took place on the visit, what he learned and who he spoke with throughout the day. He also gave his thoughts on practice, where he was heading Saturday and when he will make a decision.

Gonzaga High (Washington, D.C.) quarterback Kevin Hogan's experience during Friday's unofficial visit to Rutgers is exactly why he is taking a spring tour of campuses.

He knew very little about Rutgers prior to stepping on the campus, but got the grand tour of the school and program, spent a significant amount of time meeting with coach Greg Schiano, and now understands much more about the school.

"It went really well. I really enjoyed it,'' the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Hogan said. "That was the first time I've been to Rutgers, and it was really cool. I got a tour of the campus. I got to speak to coach Schiano a lot, and it was a really good experience.

"We talked a little bit about the football part, but really we just talked about things outside of football. We talked about a lot of things that happen in life, the academic side and how to be successful. I think what he said was very important. It was just great to talk to him.''

Hogan is one of the top quarterback targets on Rutgers' board. He holds offs from the Scarlet Knights, Boston College, Maryland and Virginia.

He is also getting interest from Florida, Duke and Notre Dame, with Florida showing the most interest of the non-offering schools. He left the Rutgers trip to travel to Boston College, where he is visiting Saturday, meaning he will have visited each of the aforementioned schools.

"I like a lot in every school I saw,'' Hogan said. "I'm going to have to look at it more closely and it's going to be tough.

Among the many things that stood out to Hogan during his visit to Rutgers was an academic meeting he had with Dean Carl Kirschner.

"He's a great guy,'' Hogan said. "He told me everything about the academic side, which I had no idea, and that the graduation rate was so high. That really impressed me. Also, the facilities and the technology that I saw really impressed me.''

Hogan had lunch with backup quarterback Steve Shimko and spoke with several other players before heading out to a light, but fast-paced practice.

"Even though it was a short practice, everything kept going,'' Hogan said. "It was fast-pace. He demanded a lot from them. There was no slacking off. I liked what I saw with (assistant) coach (Kirk) Ciarrocca, and the quarterbacks.''

More offers could come to Hogan once the spring evaluation period begins later this month. Hogan said a number of schools, including Florida and Notre Dame, told him they would attend at least one of his sessions, and offers could come after that.

And while Hogan hasn't set a specific timetable on committing, he does have a goal on making a decision.

"That's the ideal time to do, in the summer,'' Hogan said. "I want to focus on my senior season and not worry about it. But I'm going to wait until I feel comfortable.''

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