Having backed up Randall Cunningham while the Gaels won the state title a year ago, Hong will assume the controls with a couple of weapons as his main targets.
Alize Jones, and also welcomes in new four-star receiver Cordell Broadus.
"Having Alize and Cordell, there is definitely a benefit having those two, especially with their skill sets," said Hong. "It's definitely a good thing for me, having them on opposite sides of the ball."
Hong has played with Jones for the past couple of years, on both the 7v7 circuit and at Gorman, but has also played with Broadus previously.
"Alize and I played 7v7 together and here at Gorman and we're tight off the field so we have great chemistry," said Hong. "With Cordell, we played in the USA game as 8th graders in San Antonio so we've played together before and getting really good chemistry now."
On the recruiting front, Hong has an offer from Hawaii and several Ivy League schools are picking it up.
"It's really picking up Ivy League wise," said Hong. "Columbia is really close to offering and I'm pretty intrigued by that. Princeton, I've been hearing a lot from them lately and then Harvard and Yale. I attended both of their camps last summer and they really liked me and want me to come back."
A number of FBS schools are also showing interest.
"I've been hearing from Colorado, Washington State is sending a lot of mail, Arizona State has recently been more interested and also West Virginia, so it's picking up now," said Hong. "Since I was the backup last year, recruiting for me is kind of predicated on schools wanting to see me throw this spring."
Several of those schools have indicated to Hong their plans to come see him workout in spring ball.
"Harvard said they would try to come by and San Diego State and Yale have too," said Hong. "We'll have to see how it goes."
Hong will visit Cal next month for their Junior Day and also hopes to check out Arizona State.
"We'll see how spring goes but I don't think I'll make a decision before spring. I think it would be nice to do it before senior year but I want to see all of my options," said Hong.
When Hong returns to the field this fall, he'll do it leading a Gaels team that is playing a tough non-league schedule, with games against South Jordan (Utah) Bingham and Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep and three contests against Trinity League teams Anaheim (Calif.) Servite, Santa Margarita (Calif.) and Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, who've each won a state championship in California in the past five years.
"Travis Waller (from Servite) and I have talked a lot and he's like ‘you should be part of the Trinity League' with that schedule. I think it's awesome. When Coach (Tony) Sanchez told us the schedule, I was ecstatic. I think it will be awesome. I can't wait for the season. Time is ticking. All these camps are like an appetizer. Getting guys out throwing and just getting guys in sync is getting us ready for the season."