By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(April 30, 2014) – Woodgrove High School senior Will Hoffer has committed to play football at Hobart College beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.
“Being a committed athlete is a great feeling,” said the 5-foot-11 Hoffer. “It shows that I have worked hard to be able to play in college, but it also means I will have to keep working in order to develop into a better player.”
In order to crack the starting line up at Hobart, Hoffer will need to continue his hard work as one reason Hoffer chose Hobart was because of their excelling football program.
“I chose Hobart because it has strong academics, I like its small school feel, and for its great football program,” Hoffer said.
Hobart head coach Mike Cragg has helped to take the Division III Statesmen to the top of the NCAA DIII football rankings including the No. 11 overall rank in 2013, after Hobart finished their season 10-1.
The Statesmen’s one loss on the season came against St. John Fisher College in the second round of the NCAA Division III football championship after knocking off Gallaudet University in the first round of the tournament on Nov. 23.
Cragg – and Tuscarora High School graduate Christopher Holoman – led the Statesmen to their straight NCAA DIII football tournament after winning their third straight Liberty League title finishing their conference season at 7-0.
“I will add a smart player that is willing to work hard on and off of the field,” said Hoffer who will play outside linebacker for the Statesmen.
Hoffer has the fantastic opportunity to play for a high ranking team after he got his start playing football in the seventh grade for his first coach Rusty Markland.
“He and the other coaches of the team really gave me the passion to play football,” Hoffer said. “What really keeps me motivated to play is the family-like atmosphere that comes with being a part of a team and playing for the guy next to you.”
Head coach Mike Skinner also helped create an atmosphere of excellence at Woodgrove High School as he led the Wolverines to a 9-4 finish in 2013 with the help of a tremendous senior class including Andrew Harper (CNU), Hoffer, JJ Jackson (Virginia), Will Koester (McDaniel), Garret Miller (Ashland), Brett Nesslrodt (Bridgewater), Stephen Root (JMU), Chase Smith (VMI) and Josh Sweet (Cornell).
“Being a part of the first group to go through four years of Woodgrove football is an amazing experience,” said Hoffer who was born in Maryland. “Having nine players go onto the next level says a lot about the program that has been established, and I know that we have established a strong foundation.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!