May 5, 2009
NJ prospect adding offers
Montvale (NJ) St. Joseph's running back Kamal Hogan had to split carries during his junior season with Pittsburgh bound Running back Kevin Adams. Despite having to split carries Hogan was able to put up some nice numbers (711 yards on 78 carries) as well as being named as a first team all-league performer.
Hogan, 5-foot-11, 196 pounds did not have an offers come his way until the start of April when a Big East program came calling.
"Syracuse offered me around the first or second month in April," Hogan said. "They are telling me that I am the type of running back they are looking for and that I can do it all. I-formation, get up field, and get to the outside and that I am a play maker."
Since the Orange became the first school to offer a scholarship it meant a lot to him as well as taking away some built up pressure.
"It took a lot of pressure of me, a junior waiting for his first offer. I just had to catch my breath because I was just like I finally got one. The offer meant a lot because they were the first school to offer me. Especially because of how much playing time I got last season because I split time."
Even though Hogan has yet to make a trip to Syracuse he already thinks it is a great school for running backs.
"Syracuse, me personally I think that it is a great school for running backs they had the Heisman winner and the movie The Express that was based on him. I just have to take a visit to check out the environment, but so far the coaches seem real nice. They seem like they are really interested in me."
Will the Garden State product be visiting the Syracuse campus anytime soon?
"Most likely I will get up there this summer because right now I am busy with track."
Growing up Hogan had followed Georgia football and he calls them his dream school. Another school that is showing interest and his mother really likes it Tennessee. Those two schools have not offered yet but they do join three other schools in his top five.
"Right now it is definitely Georgia, Tennessee, Syracuse, Rutgers, and Louisville."
Right now with only a couple of offers in hand a decision is not expected soon. As it stands right now Hogan wants to keep his focus on the football field and not have his recruitment become a distraction.
"I will probably make a decision after my senior season or maybe in the middle. Right now I am focused on my senior season and I am not trying to let that get to my head."
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