February 25, 2009

Jr. Day experience impresses DE Hoch

Iowa State went hard after class of 2008 four-star offensive lineman Dan Hoch from Harlan (Iowa) but lost out. The Cyclones are hoping to have better success with his younger brother, 2010 defensive end Matt Hoch, who was in attendance at Iowa State's Junior Day this past weekend.

"The Junior Day really influenced me and made my thoughts differ a little bit," Hoch said. "I view Iowa State equal to all my other teams now.

"I just like Coach Rhoads and the defensive line's attitude, what they want to get done and how they need me. They didn't get into too much depth, but once I go down there for camp they'll explain their (plans) a bit more in depth. I hope I get to go hard and go early and get some playing time, but I'd have to beat out whoever they have.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Hoch was initially offered by the previous Iowa State coaching staff, and that offer was re-upped when Paul Rhoads took over the program this winter. So far, Hoch has a stronger impression of Rhoads' staff than he did of the previous regime.

"I like them a lot better," Hoch commented. "They are ready to go out and get 'em and I think (Rhoads) will be a great coach at Iowa State and might change them around."

Hoch plans to make his decision before the start of his senior season, allowing him to focus on finishing out his high school career strong. As a junior he recorded 96 tackles, over 20 tackles for loss and eight sacks.

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