"Minnesota I think is climbing up through the ranks," Hoey said. "They are starting to get really good. And they are… moving up. They are slowly progressing towards being the best."
Hoey's first offer came early in March, when the Mounds View (Arden Hills, Minn.) High School product visited Wisconsin.
"I think they are probably one of the best football programs there is around and they are known for that," Hoey said of the Badgers. "And their whole coaching staff is great."
Hoey's first junior day trip took him to Evanston, Ill. and a tour of Northwestern. He has also taken junior day trips to Michigan State and Nebraska and he will take an unofficial visit to Iowa State this spring. Hoey counts those six schools as his early favorites, but he said that list "can always change."
In fact, Hoey came away from his five junior day trips impressed with each school.
"All of them seemed like great schools. It is hard to really say specific things about each one," Hoey said. "All of them had really good facilities, academics were great. Basically just the coaches, all of them seemed really personable."
What is Hoey (pronounced HOI) looking for in his college of choice?
"I'm looking for a school that… treats the players well," he said. "One that you can talk to the coaches about anything. Almost like a family-type thing. But that's also good academically. Mainly academically, then athletically."
Hoey has been improving his academics after a tough freshman year. His cumulative grade-point average is a 2.94, but through three semesters of his sophomore and junior years he has posted a 3.2. He is scheduled to take the ACT college entrance exam Saturday.
On the gridiron, Hoey joined the Mustangs' varsity during the playoffs his sophomore year, and started throughout last season, playing both defensive tackle and end. In his first year as a starter, Hoey had 45 total tackles, including 28 solos, 12 sacks and 10 quarterback knockdowns and was named honorable mention all-conference.
Hoey will add the offensive line to his repertoire this fall, after subbing in with the Mustangs' jumbo unit for short yardage plays last year. Though he is currently only being recruited as a defensive lineman, Hoey has already gained 10 pounds since last fall and could potentially play offensive line at the college level as well.
Hoey ran a 4.87 40-yard dash in a "performance meet" against Spring Lake Park and posted a 290-pound bench press max last month, a number he expects to soon raise to 300.
Hoey plans to attend some football camps this summer, but he has not decided which ones yet. He did not attend any camps last summer.
As for the two scholarship offers, Hoey is elated to have received them.
"It's something you really can't describe," he said. "It is just an amazing feeling."