New York Running Back has Pitt in top three

New York Running Back has Pitt in top three

University of Pittsburgh Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt would like to establish a physical and punishing running game. One of the top running backs on the Panthers' radar happens to be a punishing running back from Yonkers, NY. The PantherDigest.com recently spoke with this blue-chip prospect about his visit to Pittsburgh. Read on for details.

University of Pittsburgh running backs coach Dave Walker successfully recruited standout tailback Kevin Collier from Churchville-Chili Senior High School in Churchville, NY in 2006. Scout.com ranked Kevin the 13th best running back in the nation. It appears Coach Walker has wasted little time locating another blue-chip prospect from the state of New York. The Panthers hosted 6-foot-3 inch, 210 pound Doug Hogue from Roosevelt High School in Yonkers, NY over the weekend. The PantherDigest.com spoke with his head coach Tom Drago about his recent visit.

"We visited Pittsburgh on Saturday and Doug absolutely loved it," state Drago. "Doug has scholarship offers from Pitt, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State and Syracuse. Wisconsin seems close to offering as well. I received calls from Florida State and Miami (FL) today. It's rare to have the Florida schools calling up here."

Doug would like to stay along with east cost. His clear top three right now would be Pittsburgh, Penn State and Syracuse."

Hogue rushed for 1,463 yards and scored 12 touchdowns as a junior. He earned All-Section and All-League honors. Doug is capable of running a 4.4 forty-yard dash.

"Doug was in absolute awe when he met Coach (Dave) Wannstedt. He had a grin from ear to ear. Coach Wannstedt was in the middle of talking with us and he received a call from a big time offensive lineman (Dan Matha). You could tell he was excited when he took the call. Coach Wannstedt looked at Doug and said "I just landed an offensive lineman to block for you.""

"Coach Walker spent time talking with Doug and showing us Pitt's offensive scheme. Their offense is exactly like the one we run and Doug seems like a natural fit there. He's a very powerful player. He's a powerful north-south runner that happens to be very quick laterally. Doug is unique. You don't find many with his size and speed. He has a side step that would remind you of Marshal Faulk."

Scout.com rates Hogue a three-star prospect. He grew up footing for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Doug's trip to Heinz Field was quite eventful. "Doug is a big Steelers fan," said Drago. "They brought him out and let him stand on the 50-yard line. He couldn't' believe it. The kid was blown away."

Hogue has been a three year starter for Roosevelt High School. He was the teams' starting fullback and linebacker his sophomore year. Doug remained a linebacker his junior year but he was moved a running back on offense.

"Doug hasn't touched a weight in his life. He's incredibly strong from doing natural movements like pushups and pull-ups. Three kids had dislocated shoulders from trying to tackle him last year. His potential in the weight room is insane. I think he'll end up a 235 pound running back running a 4.4 forty-yard dash. Our school is small. Our starting center last season was 140 pounds. If he played for Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, NY, Doug would be one of the top 20 recruits in the nation."

"Doug wants to make a decision before the start of the season. Pitt is solidly in his top three. He loved the visit and the environment there."

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com.

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