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Hogue's big game could draw more attention

New Haven wide receiver Jordan Hogue can expect some more college attention after a big opening day Friday.

Hogue, a senior, had 158 yards and three touchdowns on seven catches as New Haven beat Heritage 61-21. Indiana and Michigan State have been in touch throughout the summer.

"That should impress them hopefully," Hogue said. "To have two Big Ten schools start talking to me heavily, it just really boosts my confidence."

The Bulldogs' top option burned the Patriots defense on a 13-yard catch over the middle for a score, a 60-yard dash down the sideline after juking a defender on a hook route, and a fade to the end zone for a 33-yard score in the second quarter Friday.

The Hoosiers were waiting to see some film of Hogue's senior season before offering, and the tape from the Heritage blowout should impress them.

"I came in the summer underrated. Nobody was talking to me," the 5-foot-11 speedster said after his standout day. "It motivates me a lot because you know, I was a no-name to start out with. Now, people three, four cover me over the top and everything. So that just is big for me."

And he beat those multiple-player coverages on his first two scores. On the third, Hogue was 1-on-1on the outside, and quarterback Vance Shearer noticed and threw it up toward the end zone right after the snap.

Too easy.

"Jordan Hogue is a great football player," New Haven coach Jim Rowland said. "He's a special talent, does a lot of things for us on both sides of the ball."

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.