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Sons of Fathers – A Win Win for Me


Evaluating high school players and making them better is what I enjoy most in the football business. Getting them the most honest recognition and exposure to the college coaches is huge. When you are 70 years young and have spent almost 30 years in the football recruiting, seeing old coaching friends and former players whom I have promoted is so gratifying.

Last night as I watched his son Jake play basketball for Bishop Watterson High School, I sat chatted with his dad, Bobby Hoying. I would guess that he goes by Bob, but he is still Bobby to me. Now a partner in  Crawford Hoying, a full service real estate corporation, he brought back memories for me.

I wrote about Bobby, I am guessin about 1989, when he quarterbacked St Henry High School to the OHSAA Football State Championship. At 6’4, he was a tremendous athlete. Could “dunk” a basketball in junior high. He went on to quarterback at Ohio State. Believe that he was a starter halfway through his sophomore year. Went on to start his junior and senior years. Drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. Ended his career after after suffering an elbow injury while playing for the Oakland Raiders.

Just about all that I can remember about his career without looking up his history and no time to do that.. Do remember the played for Jon Gruden at Oakland. Also remember while he was at Ohio State, his quarterback coach was Walt Harris. Harris is one of, or maybe the best QB coach that I have ever been around.

Bobby and I covered all four bases (including home plate) last night. A home run night. His wife Jill is either upset or happy with me, because I took up 90 minutes of their time together. Great time for me, anyway.

Smart, articulate, and friendly. Same personality that I remember, which is always huge to me when I talk with old players. Success did not change who they are. By the way, he coaches football at Watterson, but is not his son’s quarterback coach. I am thinking – that is probably good!

Sophomore Jake Hoying is who I came to see. He started varsity for seven games last fall, before breaking his collarbone. Guessin a little over 6’0, maybe 6’1.

Last night, he played with poise and with a quiet leadership. Smooth and always under control. Good shooter. Found the open teammate. Also dressed varsity on a really good team. Enough basketball talk.

I did not see Jake throw in a game last fall,  but like his HUDL Hi-lites. Like his composure under pressure. Like his QB presence and awareness. Accurate passer either long or short. Gets the ball out quickly and on time. When he sets his feet and follows thru, he gets zip on the ball. Throws a catchable ball. Also plays smart and is productive.

Jake. like so many 10th grade QB’s, needs to develop stronger core muscles. Needs to get overall bigger/stronger/faster. At times, needs to improve follow thru and get hips more involved. Good QB mechanics, but must get stronger, which should come with age.

Watching him last night, I really like his overall composure. Looking forward to watching Jake this fall.

A double treat last night. Got to a watch an excellent 2021 quarterback prospect. Got to renew old times/good times with a dad that I wrote about 25+ years ago. Plus – as a senior, I got in free! Life is good.

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