Signing Day: Michael Hoag

Tennessee offensive lineman Michael Hoag signed with Wake Forest on Wednesday. The following are quotes from Hoag and his coach on the 6'6, 283-pound offensive lineman.

Ht: 6-6 Wt: 283
Position: OL
High School: Farragut HS
(Knoxville, TN)

On getting a scholarship to play DI football
It's just awesome to think back how little I knew about the game in 5th grade, how little I know about recruiting and how the whole process works. To think how much better I've gotten then -- to be honest I wasn't very good back then. But I look back and think, 'man, I was that little, how'd I ever get that big?'...all the work I put into being here now, it's great.

On choosing Wake Forest
Pretty much I started to gain interest and knew they had good academics, came down there for a visit for camp. Coach Lobo was a great guy, took me on a tour after camp, and then I came down to watch games (Liberty, Boston College, and Virginia Tech games) and for my official. The guys on the team were real nice and the coaches were good guys, and the academics were amazing.

On the Boston College game
Oh, that game was just intense. You got there it was so cold, but then the game started and I didn't want to sit down the whole game, I was so excited. It was such a close game and so intense, even if you weren't cheering for one team it was a great game. The atmosphere was unbelieveable, it was crazy.

On following Wake Forest's season
It was awesome, I had commited after the Liberty game and we were 5-0 and everybody was saying we were going to blow it. I was thinking we had a chance to do pretty well...I didn't think we would win the ACC championship. It's just exciting to know I had committed to the ACC champions, it doesn't get any better than commit to a school going in the right direction.

On his off-season regiment...
I've been working out four days a week, and starting next week I'm doing shotput and discus for track. I've never done either of those before, but I wanted to do it just to stay active and have a school sport to do. I wanted something to do beside just working out everyday, something to challenge me.

On his career at Farragut HS
We're proud of him as an all-region and all-state selection in Tennessee. He's an offensive lineman we hope will come to Wake Forest and be as successful there as Tyson Clabo, another lineman that played here at Farragut.

On what it means to have another D-I prospect
We're excited about opportunity for him to get an education and play football there in as good a program as Coach Grobe has.

On his performance last season and his career at Farragut
Well Michael was a guy that we really got excited about a couple years ago, we knew he had the size and academics to do well in college. He got real serious in the weight room in the summer camps working on the things he needed to work out. He turned into one of our team leaders this year, and after he made his commitment to WF he really tried to do everything he could to help this team win and get into the playoffs. Sometimes after they commit kids slack off, but Michael definitely did not. He was all-region (5A) offensive lineman of the year, he was one of Knoxville News-sentinel top 25 prospects in the state and made their Prep Extra Team.

What kind of player is Wake Forest getting?
He always felt like he was a good run blocker, and this past year he spent a lot of time working on his footwork and his pass protection, which was really important to us because we run a spread offense, and he really improved there as well.

On Michael Hoag as a person
He comes from a great family, a close-knit family that cares a lot about other people. Education is very important to him and his family as well. I never had a problem with discipline with him in four years and he always been a team leader. He's one of those guys that the other guys rally around.

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