Those who have seen Jordan Hogue play have long wondered why this 6-foot-0, 175-pound receiver with length, ball skills and a knack for making big plays, did not have an offer yet.
The wondering can stop now as Ball State came through with the first one over the weekend.
"I honestly am very excited and blessed to get my first offer," he said. "I've been working so hard for it. I came in this summer under the radar, no one knew me, and I did what I needed to do then and in the first part of the season to get to where I am now."
Hogue will head down to Muncie this week to see the Cardinals take on Toledo.
"I'm going this Saturday. I actually really like the staff, Coach Skrosky and Coach Gaither, I talk to them the most. They have kept it real with me. They said they were going to evaluate me, see how everything was, get game film and make sure I was the right fit for their program. I like them and how they handled it. They didn't just throw it out there. They wanted to get to know me, that's what I look for in a coaching staff."
If Hogue does end up at Ball State, he will have a familiar figure throwing to him in David Morrison, a Cardinal commit. While Morrison plays at Concordia High School, the pair have played together in the offseasons as part of AWP Sports Performance's 7 on 7 team.
"That day [David] texted me a long message about how he's so excited for me and wants me to commit and he would love to have me to throw to me. He also said take your time, don't rush, make sure it's the right decision."
Hogue's last two visits were to Michigan State and Indiana, and there are still a few other programs in contact.
"Wisconsin started to come on a little bit more now and Eastern Michigan and Miami-Ohio as well."
New Haven is 5-0 on the year and Hogue has 23 receptions for 526 yards and eight touchdowns.