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Ottawa senior Will Hoffman (seated, center) signed Tuesday to play football at St. Francis. He was joined by his parents, Beth and Greg (seated), USF assistant Matt McCarthy (standing, left) and Ottawa coach Trent Swords. NewsTribune photo/Kevin Chlum
OTTAWA — Ottawa senior Will Hoffman said he couldn’t imagine giving up football after the season the Pirates had, going 11-1 and reaching the Class 6A quarterfinals.
So he was thrilled when given the opportunity to continue his career at the University of St. Francis.
“I visited the school and really loved their facilities — Memorial Stadium is a great football atmosphere,” said Hoffman, who signed with the Joliet-based NAIA school on Tuesday. “I got to sit in with their meetings and the coaches all seemed great. I felt like I was part of the team. I got a tour of campus and went to classes I was going to take. It just seemed perfect.”
USF offensive coordinator Matt McCarthy said Hoffman was a perfect fit for the Saints.
“(We liked) just the whole package he brings — academically and athletically, he’s what we’re looking for,” McCarthy said. “He’s a young man who gets it done on the football field, but he’s also going to get it done in the classroom, and we’re trying to build that within our program.”
Hoffman played quarterback for the Pirates, but McCarthy said Hoffman will likely play receiver or defensive back for the Saints.
“I made well aware to the coaches that I’m coming in open minded,” said Hoffman, who also considered Augustana College. “I’m willing to go wherever I’m needed.”
Ottawa coach Trent Swords said Hoffman has the skills to help USF.
“He has great athleticism, great football savvy, and he’s going to go there and think he’s going to help them tremendously,” Swords said.
Hoffman will study mass communication.
Kevin Chlum can be reached at 220-6939, or at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsEditor.
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