NEW ORLEANS -- Coming off of arguably the highest-rated recruiting class in school history just a year ago, Sonny Dykes and his staff hope that they are off to another solid start in the Class of 2013 and would love for one of the nation's best centers to be a part of it.
Ryan Hoefeld is a 6-3, 265-pound offensive center out of Brother Martin High School in New Orleans. With scholarship offers on the table thus far from Louisiana Tech, Furman and North Texas, Hoefeld is a three-star prospect according to the latest Rivals.com rankings and is listed as the nation's fifth-best overall center according to Rivals.com
"It is a really exciting time for me right now," Hoefeld said. "Things are really starting to heat up for me a whole lot. We are in spring football soon and I know a lot of colleges are as well. There are a lot of coaches from a lot of different schools that are sending me a lot of information about their schools.
"Right now I have offers from Furman, North Texas and I think Louisiana Tech. I'm not entirely sure if I have an offer from the Bulldogs yet. I know I have talked to the coaching staff a couple of times and I have liked our conversations. Coach Dykes has come to my school before to talk to me (at Brother Martin) as well as (offensive line coach) Pete Perot. They both came and talked to me and we talked for a while recently and I really liked what I heard. The interest from those guys (Tech) is there. I believe that completely and I have interest in them as well. I'm just not entirely sure that there is an offer on the table yet that's all."
Being recruited as mainly a center that can also play guard on the next level Hoefeld said he is liking what he is hearing from the Bulldog coaching staff and has significant interest in what is going on in Ruston.
"They really seem like they are a program on the rise," Hoefeld said of the Bulldog program. "I mean they are coming off of a WAC Championship and they have a lot of players coming back. They seem to be getting close to taking that next step to the next level and the prospect of that is something that I may be very interested in.
"When I talk to the coaching staff they tell me how they like my technique and my mean streak. I'm the kind of offensive linemen that they are looking for and they believe I would be a good fit in that kind of offense that they run. I haven't been up to Ruston yet but that is not too far from home which is a good thing and I am definitely planning on making a trip up there this summer to see what they are all about with my own eyes. I want to see it for real."
Academically Hoefeld said that he foresees no problems qualifying.
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