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Ball State has been on Bulldog athlete heavy of late

Friday, September 20, 2013 - 12:01 am

New Haven senior Jordan Hogue may have been getting a little impatient early in the summer when colleges were not clamoring to get a look at the 5-foot-11, 175-pound wide receiver/defensive back.

But a solid summer with AWP Sports Performance and a spectacular start to the regular season have opened the eyes of schools in the Midwest.

While still awaiting his first offer, Hogue has picked up interest from Michigan State, Indiana, Eastern Michigan and Miami (Ohio).

On Wednesday, he spoke with Ball State coach Pete Lembo as the Cardinals joined the pursuit.

“Coach Lembo basically spoke to me about family stuff and what classes I am taking,” Hogue said. “Most people take cake classes in their senior year, but not me, I am taking advanced classes.”

Hogue could teach a class at New Haven on advanced athleticism after his performance over the first month of the season. He has 17 catches for 385 yards and six touchdowns so far.

That includes last week's 41-35 victory over Carroll where he was held to just one reception for 3 yards but made up for it with a pair of red zone interceptions and a punt return for a touchdown.

Hogue was not disappointed with the lack of touches offensively last week.

“I knew it was going to happen. I just prepared for it,” Hogue said. “I told the coaches to not try and force it to me, because we have other playmakers and they stepped up.”

Most schools that have reached out to Hogue project him as a slot or outside receiver, although he said Indiana has expressed interest in him at either receiver or safety.

“I don't have a preference really,” said Hogue when asked which side of the ball he preferred. “I like to play wide receiver, but if a team needed me more on defense, that is fine.”

He traveled up to Michigan State last week to watch the Spartans in action. He will visit Miami for a game in the near future as well as Indiana.

On Sept. 28, he will visit Ball State when the Cardinals host Toledo.