February 20, 2008

Hawkeyes offer in-state sophomore

When you rack up 92 tackles, 29 TFL, and 11 sacks as a defensive end, post-season honors are bound to follow. When you put up those kinds of numbers as only a sophomore, you are talking about a pretty special player. Such is the case for Matt Hoch of Harlan, Iowa, who recently picked up his first scholarship offer from the in-state Hawkeyes.

Colleges cannot offer prospects in writing until September of their junior year, so the offer from Iowa is a verbal one at this point. While it is the first for the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Hoch, it will almost certainly not be the last as the defensive lineman is just beginning to tap into his potential.

Having a brother, Dan Hoch, who just went through the recruiting process this past year, the sophomore has already been out and seen several schools in the Midwest. Watching his older brother sign with Missouri after initially committing to Nebraska early on, the sophomore will likely take his time with his decision.

Hoch, who played primarily on the defensive line as a sophomore, could see additional playing time on offense at fullback or tight end next season. While his college position could ultimately depend on how much he grows, as big brother Dan is over 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds, many of the tools are already there.

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