Hoefeld staying busy this summer

New Orleans Brother Martin offensive lineman Ryan Hoefeld is one of Louisiana's rising prospects. The center has eight offers and strong interest from others, including TCU.

Ryan Hoefeld could be the best kept secret in Louisiana. Well, maybe not a secret anymore since his recruitment has blown up in recent weeks. The 6-foot-3, 296-pounder from New Orleans Brother Martin has eight offers in the fold, adding his latest offer from Marshall Thursday morning.

"It's going pretty good, it's starting to get a little interesting with the bigger schools. I'm trying to hit around a bunch of camps and see what I can do and what offers I can pick up," Hoefeld said. "I'm up to ten offers right now. I got offered this morning by Marshall; Minnesota, Arizona and Southern Miss are the latest schools to offer me."

Hoefeld has a busy summer planned for the camp circuits. He's recently participated in the LSU camp and has four camps scheduled for next week. He hoped to make TCU's this week but was unable to fit it in his schedule. However, he'll make the trip to Ft. Worth in July.

"I just got done with LSU's camp this week and then I'm headed to Lafayette on Saturday, Mississippi State on Monday, Florida State on Thursday and Friday and Alabama on Saturday," he said of camp visits. "I plan on hitting TCU in July, I was trying to go this week but I didn't have time."

Hoefeld doesn't hold an offer from the Frogs just yet, but he's hoping that will change come July. He's built a strong relationship with his recruiter, Trey Haverty, since the spring and Hoefeld realizes that when it comes to offensive lineman offers, TCU certainly takes their time.

"They've been actually showing me a lot. Coach Haverty came down two times during spring to watch me practice and he liked me a lot," he said. "He's a real cool guy, the first time we ever talked on the phone we talked for a good twenty minutes; it was a good conversation, he's a real cool guy.

"They're showing a lot of interest, they really want to see me at camp because they really like me at the center position and they think I could do that for them. They said all of the coaches love my film but the offensive line coach likes to work with his guys first before they pull the trigger. They said they're real precise on the offensive line, I think they've only offered around three or four offensive linemen in my class which says a lot."

A team first guy, Hoefled hopes to have a decision made before his senior season so he can focus solely on his team.

"My plan is to get everything done before the season starts, I don't want any distractions I just want to concentrate on winning football games for my high school," he said. "That's obviously really important to me. I'm thinking late July or early August to have it done."

Among the biggest factors Hoefeld is considering when choosing a school is his relationship with the coaching staff. He also knows that his days on the gridiron won't last forever so a program's academics will also play a huge role in his decision.

"The really big thing with me is the connection with the coaches and the atmosphere," he said. "Me and my coaches connect great, off the field we joke around and text but on the field it's serious. That's an important thing to me is having a good relationship with the coaches and how I feel, do I feel comfortable and is it a second home for me. Academics are another big thing to me because I know football won't lead me for the rest of my life, I'll need to have something else to rely on."

With eight offers and more surely to come his way, Hoefeld has options. He plans to further evaluate those options and hopes to have things narrowed down by mid-summer. As for a leader, the rising prospect says every school is equal at the moment.

"Everything is pretty equal now, I'm just trying to see what offers I can pull out from these camps that I'm going to and I think once I'm done with the whole camp circuit in mid-July that's when I'm going to sit down and take the pros and cons of different schools and go from there," he said. "But for now, I'm pretty much wide open."

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