September 11, 2013
BYU was the first to offer Tristen Hoge but now he is up to 12 offers
BYU coaches have known about Tristen Hoge for a while. Coaches who are no longer with the BYU program were the first to start recruiting Hoge his freshman year. Coaches Weber and Doman first saw Hoge when he came down to camp at BYU. There the coaches were so impressed they offered him a scholarship knowing he still had 4 years left of high school.
Hoge is 6-foot-4 and 285-pounds from Pocatello, ID and the nephew of former Pittsburgh Steeler RB and current ESPN NFL Analyst Merrill Hoge. Having a jump start to the recruitment of Hoge and being the first to offer him a scholarship will help BYU in their efforts to land Hoge; but it will not be easy.
Going into his junior year, Hoge spent the summer at camps including the Rivals Underclassmen Camp sponsored by Under Armour. Hoge benefits that camp and others to really showing his off his size and talent. He has now seen offers come in from LSU, Florida, Notre Dame and Stanford just to name a few. And this is probably just the beginning; again Hoge just started his junior year of high school.
So what does Hoge like about BYU? "The society of BYU impresses me the most," said Hoge. As for what he says wants in the University of his picking Hoge listed them as academics, athletics and location. BYU is being very active in the recruitment of Hoge, the night before the Texas game coaches Tujague and Beck both were in Idaho to watch Hoge play. Right now Hoge says the schools that are recruiting him the hardest are BYU, Florida, Notre Dame, Penn State and Washington.
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