The News-Sentinel sports staff will feature a different verbally committed player for the four NCAA Division I football programs (Ball State, Indiana Notre Dame and Purdue) in Indiana leading up to National Signing Day on Feb. 5.
Here is today's Ball State featured commit:
Hometown: New Haven High School
Weight: 170 pounds
Commitment date: Dec. 3, 2013
Other scholarship offers Bowling Green
Ranking: Rated a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and 247 Sports, while Scout.com has him rated as a 3-star prospect. Scout.com has him rated as the 166th wide receiver nationally, while 247Sports has him as the 287th best pass catcher.
Ball State depth chart at position: Redshirt freshman Aaron Hepp backed up the graduated Jamill Smith at the slot position. Other returning receivers include junior Jordan Williams, fifth-year senior Shane Belle, senior Chris Shillings, redshirt sophomore Efe Scott-Emuakpor, and junior KeVonn Mabon.
Scouting report: Hogue is projected to be a wide receiver for Ball State, but displayed ability at high school to also be a return specialist, as well as a defensive back. He wasn’t recruited heavily prior to his senior season because of questions regarding his size, but as he continued to make big plays for a really good high school team (the Bulldogs had best season in program history) his interest level continued to rise. He visited Purdue in early November, but the Boilermakers didn’t offer him, so in early December he accepted Ball State’s offer. He totaled over 1,100 yards receiving this season with 61 catches and 14 touchdowns. He was named to The News-Sentinel All-Area team. As a defensive back, Hogue registered 41 tackles and five interceptions. With Ball State losing its three starting wide receivers, the battle for playing time will be wide open. However, the Cardinals do have a lot of experience in Williams, Shillings, and Mabon returning, so Hogue will probably need to spend a year getting stronger and bigger before really making an impact.