Player Primer: Cortez Hogans

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After an impressive early showing on the camp circuit, Palatine’s 2018 MLB/OLB Cortez Hogans has multiple offers with more FBS schools showing strong interest. We talked his offseason work with Tom Nelson Training and TNT 7on7, how his length and athletic ability allows him to excel on the field and where he plans to visit/camp next.

Cortez Hogans

Middle Linebacker/Outside Linebacker
Palatine, IL
GPA: 2.80
Commitment status: Undecided
Twitter: @CortezHogans
Ht: 6’3″
Wt: 197 lbs
Class: 2018

LPI: What are you going to do to take your game to the next level this offseason? Are you playing 7on7 or are you playing any other sports?

CH: Well in the off season I just workout and also do something training so i can be ready for the upcoming season and I also do 7on7 with Tom Nelson Training (TNT). He also trains me as well.

LPI: You currently have offers from Northern Illinois, Wyoming, North Dakota State and South Dakota to name a few. What skill set can you bring to the table for a college football program?

CH: I feel like my length, speed, and also being good with my hands is gonna be huge key for when I go to college. And when I put on a few pounds then I’ll be good and ready for the next level.

LPI: Besides the schools that have offered, which schools have shown serious interest in you?

CH: The schools that some interest are Michigan State, Central Michigan, Syracuse, and also Ball State. Some of the coaches have came down to come talk to me and telling me about their programs.

LPI: Where have you visited most recently and do you have any planned visits or camps/showcases set?

CH: So far I’ve had visited NDSU, Western Illinois, Illinois State and also Central Michigan this past weekend. Over the summer I plan on attending the Northwestern camp and also going to North Dakota for a camp.

LPI: On or off the field, how do you demonstrate leadership or go the extra mile for your teammates?

CH: Going into my senior year I’m gonna be one of leaders for my team and also me growing up in the Palatine area most of the little kids look up to me so everywhere I go I represent palatine football. And I’m always on my teammates trying to push them and make them better every day.

LPI: Who are some of your teammates or training partners that you believe can play at the next level, but have gone overlooked by college coaches?


Johnny O’Shea – I feel like a lot of college really sleep on him. He’s a really great player and one of the best receivers in the state.

Jake Moertl – A really good player that is great at the corner spot. The way he reads the quarterback is crazy. It seemed like he had at least 2 picks a game last year.

Bryant Smith – Another good player that people didn’t really know how good he was until they watched his film.