Pocatello (Idaho) Highland Top100 junior offensive lineman Tristen Hoge has always been a Notre Dame man.
Hoge is the third four-star commit for the Irish already in 2015.
He made it official this weekend during his third visit to South Bend. Blue & Gold Illustrated's Tom Loy was first to report it.
Hoge first visited Notre Dame back in June and returned for the Irish’s victory over USC this fall. He was excited to return and give his verbal commitment to Brian Kelly and the coaching staff.
“When I stepped on the campus the first time I knew that’s where I wanted to be,” Hoge said. “The first couple days I was there it was surreal, the experience was everything I hoped for and more. The coaches are top-notch. It’s the best coaching staff I’ve ever met.”
Ranked by 247Sports as the nation’s top center in the class-of-2015, the 6-foot-5, 287-pound Hoge would have pulled the trigger for Notre Dame on his last visit but had prior obligations to visit Florida over Thanksgiving weekend. Besides the Gators, Hoge chose the Irish over offers from the likes of LSU, North Carolina, Stanford, California, Duke, Northwestern, Oregon State, Penn State, UCLA, Utah, Washington and Washington State.
“It’s a big decision for and it’s a huge day for me,” Hoge said. “It’s definitely a huge opportunity for me and it’s another step I’m taking.
“The campus was everything I wanted. Notre Dame is like a second home to me.”
“I’ve been in contact with Blake,” Hoge said. “We’ve been contacting each other. He’s a quality guy and it will be an honor to snap to him for four years. Also Jerry, that’s a key piece to our offensive line. He’s a quality guy from what I’ve heard so far. I definitely look forward to keeping in contact with my future teammates. One more year and we’ll be up there all together. It’s going to be a good experience.”
Hoge has already been selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl following his senior season.
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