Plenty of prospects, some of them high-profile, others under-the-radar, have come and gone in the past decade or so, since the inception of the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl. Still, the talent level across the board on the national level has been about as good as it gets.
Things don’t figure to change anytime soon, either. That said, the hype is building for a pair of games this year: The first is on Dec. 20 at AT&T Stadium and home of the Dallas Cowboys. The second is on Jan. 9 at Raymond James Stadium and home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
To gain a better understanding about the rapidly growing direction of things, perhaps it’s best to take some time to reflect on the humble beginnings. Therefore, moving forward, the plan is to more closely examine the brand’s many alumni from all over the country.
Gregory Hogan from Summer Creek (TX) is the focus here. As a member of the Class of 2013, the game’s first ever, he opened up eyes as South defeated North, 21-14, at Raymond James Stadium.
Kansas State commit Byron Pringle was also on the field, along with counterparts Arizona State commit Davon Durant and Akron commit Austin Wolf. Nevertheless, Hogan left a lasting impression on the powers that be with his some well-rounded play.
True to form, he’s currently getting the job done, only at the next level. The 6-foot-1 and 200-pound redshirt sophomore wide receiver will be in action for New Mexico State against Lousiana-Monroe on Sept. 5 in a nonconference game at 2 p.m. (EST).
Earlier this year, Hogan had three receptions for 84 yards and two touchdowns in a 37-34 nonconference victory over Louisiana-Lafayette. The next week, it was three catches for 86 yards and a touchdown in a 52-28 nonconference loss to Arkansas State.
The production should not come as a surprise. Consider this, as a freshman, Hogan played in 11 games, with two starts. His coming out party included nine receptions for 162 yards and three touchdowns in a 68-35 nonconference loss to Arkansas State.
With two seasons of college ball remaining, the path to success appears clear with the Aggies. Sky’s the limit with a starter’s role within reach. Still, just yesterday it seems, Hogan turned plenty of heads during the brand’s All-American Bowl in Florida.