You could argue that the starting quarterback at Iowa is the most recognizable athlete in the state. With no professional teams, his play is analyzed from the arm chair on a frequent basis.
Class of 2020 signal caller Deuce Hogan learned about that on Friday when he unofficially visited campus. The Texan met with current No. 1, Nate Stanley, during the stop.
“Nate was an incredible guy. We talked a little bit about the offense but a lot more about what it’s like to be the quarterback of the Iowa Hawkeyes, what that means,” Hogan told HN.
They offered the 6-foot-4, 190-pounder from Grapevine (TX) Faith Christian a scholarship on May 9. He then made them a part of his current campus recruiting tour that’s already stopped at Tulsa, Oklahoma State and Iowa State, programs that also have offered.
In addition to those schools, Hogan reports opportunities from Baylor, Boston College, Colorado, Houston, Syracuse and others. Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, LSU, Ole Miss, Wisconsin and Michigan State are among others showing him interest.
He received an all-inclusive visit at Iowa. He saw all the facilities and met with academic advisors. He tried on the Hawkeye uniforms and took photos.
Quarterback coach Ken O’Keefe and head coach Kirk Ferentz spent a lot of time with him.
“I loved the white-board session with Coach O’Keefe,” Hogan said.
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He got a good feel what it would be like playing in the program.
“We talked strategy and basically what it means to be an Iowa Hawkeye, more specifically the quarterback position. They also gave me some great advice in terms of the recruiting process. It was really good stuff,” Hogan said.
“It was also a lot of just getting to know each other, sharing stories, and building the relationship.”
The Iowa coaches felt he was a good fit for the offense, which is why they offered a scholarship. He saw what they saw during his visit.
“I think everything about my game translates to what they run on offense. The whole chess-game/pro-style aspect of their offense is one of my greatest strengths. I take pride in my ability to drop from under center and sit in the pocket and pick you apart,” Hogan said.
“I am also very fond of the things that they do off of play action. That’s another thing I’m good at.”
He meshes with the “Iowa way.” He believes in the Hawkeye philosophy.
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“I learned that the Hawkeye football program is based upon the belief that culture trumps talent and strategy, and I believe that 100 percent,” Hogan said.
“I came away from the visit impressed and excited to continue to build relationships with these coaches and people.”
As a sophomore, Hogan completed 219 of 372 passes (58.8 percent) for 2,716 yards and 29 touchdowns against 12 interceptions, according to 247.
Here’s a look at highlights from Hogan’s 10th-grade season: