As a senior at Mounds View High School in Arden Hills, Minn., Hoey had 96 total tackles, 61 solo tackles, 22 tackles for loss, six sacks, 43 quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, three pass deflections and a blocked kick. He was named first-team all-state and was his conference's defensive player of the year.
He played offensive tackle, defensive tackle and defensive end in high school, lettering two seasons at Mounds View. His career statistics were 141 total tackles, 89 solo, 35 tackles for loss, 18 sacks, 57 hurries, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, six pass deflections and one blocked kick.
A native of Shoreview, Minn., Hoey carries a little above a 3.0 grade-point average and scored a 23 on his ACT. He is undecided on a major.
Badger Nation: What separated Wisconsin in the end?
Brandon Hoey: "It was really just overall feel. I mean, I went to all, I visited all many times to try to get a good feeling of it but it was just the feeling I got from Wisconsin that I liked."
BN: Do you have a favorite memory from your official visit to Wisconsin (Dec. 9)?
BH: "Basically walking around with the players, getting to know the campus a little better."
BN: What are you most proud of from your high school career?
BH: "Probably just helping the team to a section championship, bringing our team to state or helping with that."
BN: Did you have a favorite college team growing up?
BH: "Not really. I always thought highly of the Badgers, the Buckeyes and Gophers."
BN: Do you have a favorite athlete?
BH: "Nope, not really."
BN: What side of the ball do you expect to play on in college?
BN: Do you think end or tackle?
BH: "I think tackle. I have to get quite a bit faster to play end, I think."
BN: Do you anticipate redshirting your first year at Wisconsin?
BH: "I guess I think I probably will but we'll see how I match up against everyone else. They have a year or two, three years of lifting and everything on me. I'm probably going to assume I'm going to redshirt."
BN: Do you have goals for yourself for your career at Wisconsin?
BH: "Basically just to do whatever I can for the team. It'd be nice to start freshman year but you can't guarantee that no matter how hard you try. It's not going to make me try any less. So basically just try my hardest and do whatever I can for the team."
BN: Where do you hope to be in 10 years?
BH: "Ten years, I'd like to be playing in the NFL. I guess you'd call that a goal."