Change of Course

When Brandon Hogan left West Virginia's football camp last Sunday, he was still planning to take visits and consider several other schools that had offered him scholarships. However, after discussing WVU's offer with his coach and family, he decided that there wasn't much use in following that course of action.

"When I came back home, I talked with my coach and my family, and while I was doing that I just realized that West Virginia was where I needed to be," said Hogan after committing to WVU on Wednesday night. "Being on the field up there during camp, I got to talk to the coaches and work with them a lot. That made a big difference, because it let me see what working with them would be like. I got to work with Coach Rodriguez and Coach Stewart, and that helped me make the decision."

Hogan's solid relationship with Stewart, whose style has made him one of WVU's best recruiters, was another key factor in the decision.

"Coach Stewart is just a great man," Hogan related. "He always has a smile on his face, and he's always energetic. He's just a straight-up guy. I like him a lot."

Part of the straight-shooting message Stewart and the Mountaineer coaches had for Hogan was the information that he could compete at quarterback when he comes to West Virginia in 2007. Although the Mountaineers already had two QBs (Charlie Russell and Bradley Starks) in the fold, they didn't let that stop them from recruiting Hogan, who could also be a defensive back or wide receiver in college.

"The coaches at West Virginia told me I could try quarterback first," Hogan confirmed. "I also play cornerback and safety [at Osbourn] and my coaches always put me on the other team's best receiver when I am on defense."

Although Hogan quickly reversed his field from his position on Sunday, it's not likely that he will do so again. He has no plans to attend any other individual camps this summer, and has only a team camp trip to Virginia remaining on his schedule. He's now ready to concentrate on his upcoming senior season, where some unfinished business remains.

"I want to win the state championship, the all-Group AAA quarterback said. "Last year we went 10-2 and lost in the regional semifinals, but this year we have most of our team back."


Hogan's Osbourn team plays in a different group than Starks' Orange County squad, and thus the pair do not play each other. He admits that he does keep track of Starks' play, and will probably do that even more now that both are committed to WVU. He spoke with Starks before the Orange County QB committed to WVU, but hasn't done so since.

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Hogan's great versatility makes him a prospect at not only quarterback, but also at any of the receiver spots as well as cornerback or safety. With as many as eight different positions on the field where he could slot in, his chances of playing in college are greatly increased. Hogan showed great adaptability in running pass patterns at WVU's camp on Sunday, and he was able to take instruction and improve his game from it. Despite something of an unconventional throwing form, the 5-11 rising senior also can't be discounted when it comes to the quarterback position either.

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