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Hoch enjoys weekend trip to Iowa

Dan Hoch has spent a good deal of time on the road recently, traveling to various college campuses around the Midwest. The 6-foot-6, 302-pound offensive tackle out of Harlan, Iowa said he plans to take one more official visit next month before solidifying a college decision. He said his last trip will be to the school he's currently committed to - the University of Nebraska.
"I was at Iowa this past weekend," Hoch said. "The visit went good. I got a chance to talk to all of the coaches, including offensive line coach there Reese Morgan. They are a pretty nice group of coaches."
"I liked several things I took away as positives from the trip. Just knowing how much of an emphasis that they put on their offensive line there was good. I was impressed with the level of importance they place on all of that. I also thought the facilities were nice. They are real functional and real effective and they have a great strength coach."
Iowa was the third stop in the past three weeks for Hoch as he had previously taken official trips to both Missouri and Illinois. According to the standout from Harlan, all three of those schools in addition to Nebraska are still in the running for his signed commitment in February.
"Nebraska will be my last visit," Hoch said. "I'm planning to take that on January 11. I know Collins Okafor and Riley Reiff are both planning to go there that weekend too. They were both in Iowa over the weekend so I had a chance to talk to them a bit."
"Right now, I'm still committed to Nebraska but I'm looking at all of my options and evaluating everything. I'm just going to go into my visit to Lincoln and take it all in. I know what I'll feel like when I get done with it. I'm hoping to have a final decision made soon after that trip."
Hoch said that he's looking forward to getting to know the new Nebraska staff a little bit better over the next few weeks.
"I knew coach (Barney) Cotton when he was at Iowa State, so I have a pretty good relationship with him," Hoch said. "I'd like to get to know the other guys a little bit better too. I should get that chance on my visit."