Football recruiting: Doug Hogue update

Doug Hogue, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound class of 2007 running back prospect, recently visited Pittsburgh. spoke with Hogue's high school coach about that trip and Hogue's recruitment in general.

University of Pittsburgh running backs coach Dave Walker successfully recruited standout tailback Kevin Collier from Churchville-Chili Senior High School in Churchville, N.Y. in 2006. ranked Collier the 13th best running back in the nation. It appears Walker has wasted little time locating another blue-chip prospect from the state of New York. The Panthers hosted 6-foot-3, 210-pound Doug Hogue from Roosevelt High School in Yonkers over the weekend. spoke with his head coach Tom Drago about his recent visit.

"We visited Pittsburgh on Saturday and Doug absolutely loved it," Drago said. "Doug has scholarship offers from Pitt, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State and Syracuse. Wisconsin seems close to offering as well. I received calls from Florida State and Miami (Fla.) today. It's rare to have the Florida schools calling up here.

"Doug would like to stay along with east cost. His clear top three right now would be Pittsburgh, Penn State and Syracuse."

Hogue rushed for 1,463 yards and scored 12 touchdowns as a junior. He earned all-section and all-league honors. Doug is capable of running a 4.4 40-yard dash.

"Doug was in absolute awe when he met Coach (Dave) Wannstedt," Drago said. "He had a grin from ear to ear. Coach Wannstedt was in the middle of talking with us and he received a call from a big-time offensive lineman (Dan Matha). You could tell he was excited when he took the call. Coach Wannstedt looked at Doug and said, 'I just landed an offensive lineman to block for you.'

"Coach Walker spent time talking with Doug and showing us Pitt's offensive scheme. Their offense is exactly like the one we run and Doug seems like a natural fit there. He's a very powerful player. He's a powerful north-south runner that happens to be very quick laterally. Doug is unique. You don't find many with his size and speed. He has a side step that would remind you of Marshal Faulk." rates Hogue a three-star prospect. He grew up rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Doug's trip to Heinz Field was quite eventful. "Doug is a big Steelers fan," Drago said. "They brought him out and let him stand on the 50-yard line. He couldn't' believe it. The kid was blown away."

Hogue has been a three-year starter for Roosevelt High School. He was the team's starting fullback and linebacker his sophomore year. Doug remained a linebacker his junior year but he was moved a running back on offense.

"Doug hasn't touched a weight in his life," Drago said. "He's incredibly strong from doing natural movements like pushups and pull-ups. Three kids had dislocated shoulders from trying to tackle him last year. His potential in the weight room is insane. I think he'll end up a 235-pound running back running a 4.4 40-yard dash. Our school is small. Our starting center last season was 140 pounds. If he played for Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, N.Y., Doug would be one of the top 20 recruits in the nation.

"Doug wants to make a decision before the start of the season. Pitt is solidly in his top three. He loved the visit and the environment there."

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