Hogue Commits to Syracuse

Syracuse scored their biggest win in an already successful recruiting year when top running back prospect Doug Hogue chose the Orange over offers from Penn State, Pittsburgh and Maryland. The Yonkers native rushed for almost 1,500 yards as a junior and had become one of the most sought-after recruits in the northeast.

Yonkers might not be a typical football recruiting hotbed, but this year they have one of the Empire State's most outstanding athletes.

Doug Hogue, who was receiving attention from a who's who of college programs, ended his recruitment and committed to the Syracuse University Orange this evening.

Hogue flew low on the radar for most of this past year, but exploded on to the recruiting scene in mid-June.

Hogue racked up offers from Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Maryland, and was also hearing from perennial national powerhouses like Florida State and Southern Cal.

In the end Maryland, Syracuse, Penn State, and Pitt were his final four and after touring all of the schools on his list, he felt like Syracuse gave him the best chance to be a success on the field and off.

"I really like the history of the program and the way they play," Hogue said. "I think they have what it takes to become one of the top schools in the nation, and I want to be a part of that."

"They also have a very good business school, and it means a whole lot to be able to earn a diploma from Syracuse."

The Scout.com three-star prospect is a versatile athlete who could help the Orange out at a number of positions, but he is going to initially get a crack at running back.

"They recruited me as a running back," he explained. "They expect me to come in and add 10-20 pounds, and fill the role of a big and powerful back for them."

Coach Robinson did a great job selling the tradition of the program, and Hogue was thoroughly impressed by what he saw of the campus during his unofficial visit earlier this spring.

"When it came down to it I felt the most comfortable with Syracuse," Hogue began. "They were the most consistent school throughout my recruitment."

"I like what I heard from Coach Robinson. He seemed like a real nice guy off the field, but while I was at camp I was watching him coach and you could tell that he was all business out there. I like that about him."

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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