Hogan, a senior three-year starter, began his career as an offensive lineman (Scout.com #121 OG), but moved to defensive tackle during the middle of last season. "Last year I began the season playing both ways and it just wore me out," stated Hogan to BigPurpleNation.com. "The first five games I only had 16 tackles and when I went straight defense in the middle of the season I had 51 tackles over the last five games."
Hogan describes himself as "Player that doesn't stop. If I'm on one side of the field I keep going. I don't like to take it easy."
The senior's most productive camp this summer came at LSU. After a strong performance with the prospect group, the Tigers have started to mail Hogan weekly according to his mom.
Along with attending various camps, the 2009 recruit (4.85 forty) also worked on his game at home. His biggest goal in the off-season was to add some weight. "I really wanted to get my weight up. Last year I played at 280 and now I'm about 295. One thing is I really wanted to keep my speed," said Hogan. "My strength is my speed and I didn't want to put on a bunch of bad weight on. I wanted to put on weight but at the same time keep my athletiscm."
After a rebuilding year for Lee High School last season, Hogan is optimistic that the Raiders will be better this year, "Last year we had a really inexperienced offensive line and that hurt us. We got to the playoffs, but we were a .500 team. Last year was a bit of a rebuilding year. This year it is looking really good. We have 8 returning starters on defense and I really feel good about making it far in the playoffs."
Last season, Hogan earned 2nd Team All-District as an offensive guard and as a defensive tackle. As of now, the Raiders are hoping that Hogan can focus his attention just on defense, but Coach Mike Owens has said there is a chance that Hogan will have to play both ways. "Right now I'm going both ways again this year, but I might just play straight defense," said the 2009 recruit. "We want me to play just defense, but we are waiting for some other offensive lineman to step up."
Hogan will more then likely have a little pressure from at least one parent if TCU offers. His mom is a TCU grad and likes the idea of Hunter becoming a Horned Frogs. "We would love for him to play at TCU, it is a great school. It's close to home and it would give him a great education."
Hogan would love to play in the Big 12 or SEC, but overall just prefers playing at a big school. "I want to go to a big school. I want to be at a big time program. TCU is a big name school and they have done really well in the past."
This season Hogan has been named to the Preseason Texas 5A Super Team. He should have no problem qualifying for college. The senior takes AP classes with a 92 average and scored a 1680 on his SAT.
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