3-Star DB Alex Hogan Picks Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, TX - SEPTEMBER 18: A general view of Jones AT
LUBBOCK, TX - SEPTEMBER 18: A general view of Jones AT /

Alex Hogan, a three-star defensive back from Houston has committed to the Texas Tech football program as part of the 2019 recruiting class.

The Texas Tech football program is adding recruits this summer as fast as Kliff Kingsbury’s offenses usually add points to the scoreboard in the fall.  Monday, Kingsbury and his staff added their 13th commitment to the 2019 class since the start of June when Houston cornerback Alex Hogan pledged to the Red Raiders.  He was the second defensive back to commit to Texas Tech Monday following safety Brandon Joseph of College Station.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound cover man and kick returner is rated the No. 66 corner in the country and the No. 98 player in Texas regardless of position.  Hogan had taken official visits to Colorado, Memphis and Iowa State this spring in addition to visiting Lubbock in June.

He also boasts offers from Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Minnesota and Utah among others.  As a junior, Hogan made 26 tackles and had four pass defenses while returning a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns.

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In 2017, Tech was tied for 94th in the country with an average of 5.67 yards per punt return, an area that the coaching staff no doubt wants to improve.  But on kickoff returns, Tech was much better ranking 27th in the country with an average of 27 yards per return.  However, the man responsible for the majority of the Red Raiders’ kick return success, Keke Coutee who averaged 31.5 yards per return and had a 92-yard TD against Baylor, is now in the NFL.

Perhaps Hogan can be as dynamic in the kickoff return game as was Coutee while also being a punt return threat.  That is a combination no Texas Tech player in recent memory has been able to bring to the team.

Hogan is a former teammate of true freshman running back signee Ta’Zawn Henry who was instrumental in bringing Hogan to Lubbock.  And the work Henry did could prove to be especially beneficial since most believed that Hogan’s other top choice was Iowa State meaning Tech could have had to face him every year had he not come to Lubbock.

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This commitment brings the Texas Tech class to 15 overall with four of those players being defensive backs. Tech’s current class is ranked No. 38 in the nation according to 247Sports.com ahead of teams such as Baylor, Nebraska, Arkansas, North Carolina, Arizona State, Stanford and even USC.