Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Matt Hoch


Fr., TE, 6-5, 245, Harlan, Iowa (Harlan HS)

(Last name is pronounced HOE-k) … Standout two-way player at the prep level who excelled as a linebacker on defense and as a running back and tight end on offense … Is considered a tough, physical player who possesses good strength and agility and has a big motor … Is rated as the No. 3 prospect in the state of Iowa by, and as the nation’s No. 24 strongside defensive end prospect … Ranked by as the nation’s No. 87 defensive end prospect … Won 1st-Team All-State honors each of his last two seasons, and helped lead his team to a state championship as a senior in 2009, winning MVP honors in the state title game as well … Registered 137 tackles and 28 tackles for loss in 2009, and added 702 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns, while catching 22 passes for 282 yards as well on offense … Led team in tackles as a junior as well, going for 98 stops and 20 tackles for loss with 8 quarterback sacks, while also seeing some action at tight end for a team which reached the state quarterfinals … Had 92 tackles as a sophomore … Also a standout wrestler for his school … High school coach – Curt Bladt … Parents – Kyle & Lori Hoch … Interested in studying for the dental profession at Mizzou … Is the younger brother of starting offensive lineman Dan Hoch … Lists hobbies as four-wheeling, fishing and paintball … Chose Mizzou over Iowa, Oregon, Nebraska, Stanford, Kansas State and Iowa State, among others … Cites the gameday atmosphere at Mizzou and the family feel of the program as major attractions for him.