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Gonzaga QB Draws a Visit from Notre Dame

Gonzaga Coach Joe Reyda picked up the phone Friday morning and heard an unfamiliar voice.

"I'm in the area," Notre Dame assistant coach Ron Powlus said. "I hear you have a quarterback."

Reyda wasn't sure who put Powlus in touch with him. Powlus also made recruiting stops Friday at Good Counsel and DeMatha and took in the teams' game that night - watching from the DeMatha sideline, noted a coach from the other team.

Or it could have been Notre Dame assistant Rob Iannello, a Catholic University graduate, whom Reyda had contacted trying to drum up interest in junior quarterback Kevin Hogan.

Ask rival coaches in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and they rave about the 6-foot-4, 195-pound Hogan. So does Reyda, who hopes to keep Hogan grounded as the recruiting process heats up. Hogan does not yet have any scholarship offers, but they are certain to come soon.

"I think he's the best quarterback in the area," Reyda said. "I know [Arundel senior Billy] Cosh is good and all and I haven't seen him play in a game, but Hogan is really unbelievable. He's smart. He knows how to manage a game. ... Where we are right now is because of him. He's a leader."

So far this season, Hogan has completed 68 of 115 passes for 915 yards and 11 touchdowns with five interceptions.

Hogan's uncle, former St. John's standout Coley O'Brien, was a quarterback at Notre Dame in the 1960s. He is interested in the Fighting Irish and also has heard from Wake Forest and Michigan State, Reyda said. Rutgers assistant Kyle Flood saw Hogan play against DeMatha.

"Malcolm Johnson in 1994 had a big game against DeMatha when Notre Dame happened to be there and he went [to Notre Dame] and Powlus was his quarterback," Reyda said, recalling the former Gonzaga wide receiver. Also, Reyda said, Powlus recalled a Gonzaga team from the early 1990s that traveled to Powlus's hometown of Berwick, Pa., for a game.

"It's a small world," Reyda said.

By Josh Barr  | October 12, 2009; 5:48 PM ET
Categories:  DeMatha, Football, Gonzaga, Good Counsel, Kevin Hogan, Notre Dame  
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