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Beau Hoge, a 6-foot-1 quarterback out of Highlands High School, has signed his Letter of Intent to play for the BYU Cougars.
Hoge comes from Fort Thomas, Kentucky as a three-star player and a top 40 dual threat quarterback, according to 247sports composite. Hoge committed in November after being offered by BYU, but had interest from Cincinnati, Miami (OH), and Ohio. He will be on campus for the 2015 season and competing for the back-up job behind Taysom Hill.
Previous to his signing, VTF asked him about his commitment to the Cougars. Hoge stated he has wanted to be a Cougars since he was a sophomore and that once committed, he never had a second thought about going anywhere else. In fact, he was "pretty much committed to go [to BYU] before I even had an offer."
One of the selling points to Beau about the BYU program was the coaches and the environment they created. It didn't hurt that the he would have the chance to be surrounded by people with the same beliefs and standards that he has in his life. Coach Beck was the main recruiter for Beau and their relationship has just been solidified with the ease of communication.
Hoge is a dual threat quarterback with quick feet that can make people miss. In the first highlight of the video below, you can see him cut back and at times even stop on a dime. He has an incredible feel for the defense and where they are, and will be on a play.
He has tremendous arm strength and is seen in some highlights throwing the ball 60 or 70 yards in the air to his receivers. One of Hoge's key talents is that he keeps his eyes down field for as long as possible. When making plays and buying time behind the line of scrimmage you can see him taking stock of his receivers and if they are in a position to make a play. Unlike a number of quarterbacks that can run, he doesn't seem to have happy feet and is looking to make a play through the air before making one on the ground.
Beau is the first to admit that he is not the runner that Hill is, but watch out, because everyone knows he can use his legs when needed. After having the chance to learn under Hill, and with the help of Beck and the other coaches, he could be something of a dark horse to watch.
Hoge is the son of former Pittsburgh Steeler, and current ESPN analyst, Merril Hoge. Coming into BYU he will be competing with Tanner Mangum for the back up spot, and potential starting job in 2016. With the tools he has at his disposal, his signing could result in more quality play for the Cougars at the quarterback position. Based on his hard work and desire to help and grow in the program, this could be a tremendous signing for the Cougars.
For your viewing pleasure, take a look at some Beau Hoge highlights below.