April 5, 2011

Dual sport athlete has interest in Army

Zach Hoffpauir was on the telephone Monday with an Army football coach, but that's not unusual. He seems to be on the phone with one coach or another every day.

That's what happens when you're a high-level athlete who excels in two sports. He already has offers from Montana and Toledo to play football, and an offer from Utah to play baseball. When he visits Baylor later this month he is expecting an offer to play baseball for the Bears.

"In a perfect world I would like to play both,'' said the junior defensive back/centerfielder from Arizona. "But I would play either one.''

He could be the next Jon Crucitti, the freshman at Army who plays football and baseball. "I've heard from Army and Air Force,'' he said, "but my favorite is Army. If I went to an academy that would be where I'd go.

"I really like the academy education. If you go there more than likely you'll be successful coming out of there. After you serve you would have leadership skills as well as being able to follow. I like that a lot.''

Economics being what they are, he isn't sure if he'll be able to get out east, although he is trying to plan to attend a Penn State summer camp.

"If I get out there, then maybe I can go somewhere else,'' he said Places like Harvard, and Army.

Out west he is getting strong interest for football from Oregon, Oregon State and UCLA, as well as the aforementioned Penn State. Notre Dame is also in the picture for the 6-foot, 195-pound enforcer.

Stanford is looking at him for baseball, as is Nebraska.

He said he would like to be able to take all his official visits for both sports before deciding where to go. And deciding what sport to play.

Or, such as Army, a place where he can play two sports.

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