June 29, 2009

Hoch staying in state

While his older brother Dan headed out of state to play his college football, signing with Missouri in 2008, defensive end Matt Hoch has decided to stay in the Hawkeye State. Today, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Harlan native gave his verbal commitment to head coach Kirk Ferentz and staff.

After picking up scholarship offers from Iowa, Missouri, Stanford, Iowa State, and Kansas State, Hoch had narrowed things down in recent weeks to the Hawkeyes and Tigers. While his older brother is at Missouri, the three-star prospect felt at home at Iowa, who was the first school to offer him during the recruiting process.

Hoch, who had 96 tackles and eight sacks as a junior last season, will come in as a defensive end for the Hawkeyes. While it will be an adjustment moving up to the college level, few are going outwork the Harlan native on the field, according to his coach, Curt Bladt.

Hoch is the eighth verbal commitment for the Hawkeyes in the Class of 2010.

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