Hoehn switching Wolverines
Truckee’s big man is ready for a bigger challenge.
“As of today, I’m as prepared as I’m going to be,” said Cory Hoehn, a standout two-sport athlete who graduated from Truckee High on Saturday.
While Hoehn is moving on to play his sport of specialty at the next level ” football ” he’s remaining loyal to his high school mascot, joining the ranks of the Sierra College Wolverines in Rocklin.
Armed with a complete package of size, speed and fundamentals, Sierra College head coach Jeff Tisdel said Hoehn will be a welcome addition to a team that finished 6-5 overall and 3-2 in the competitive Valley Conference last season.
“I’m very excited to have him here,” Tisdel volunteered at the mention of Hoehn’s name. “He has a lot of potential to be a fantastic offensive lineman.”
He proved as much as the anchor of Truckee’s offensive line the past two seasons, earning first team all-league and second team all-state recognition his senior season and all-league honorable mention as a junior.
Bob Shaffer, Truckee’s head football coach and athletic director, praised Hoehn’s athleticism and nimble footwork, particularly for a player his size ” 6-4, 270 pounds.
“I think he’s one of the more athletic individuals for a big guy,” Shaffer said. “He has great feet for a big guy.”
For that reason, Shaffer placed Hoehn at left tackle his junior year to protect quarterback Robert Jones from blind-side hits. When the left-handed B.J. Carter took over as quarterback last season, Shaffer moved Hoehn to right tackle for the same reason.
“He was our best pass protector,” Shaffer said. “He did a good job blocking down field, but his ability to cover anyone blitzing was outstanding. They just could not get by him.”
Tisdel, whose teams are not shy about putting the ball in the air, took note of Hoehn’s pass blocking when viewing game tape.
“With what we do offensively and with his blocking, I think he can come in and do a good job for us,” Tisdel said. “He has really good feet. I’m really high on him.”
The coach has had his eye on Hoehn for some time now. Because Truckee is in Sierra College’s district for recruiting, Tisdel said, he contacted Hoehn in February to express interest.
Hoehn, who also looked into playing at Humboldt State, San Francisco City College and Southern Oregon University, then visited the Rocklin campus three times during the spring.
Tisdel was impressed.
“I could tell the first time I met him that he has a burning desire to develop into a really fine ballplayer, and I think he can,” the coach said.
Because Tisdel coaches the offensive line, he said he is excited about the opportunity to work with Hoehn firsthand.
That time is not far off, as the Wolverines begin practice on July 9.
And with only three returning starters on the offensive line, Tisdel said Hoehn will compete for a starting job at tackle, possibly guard.
“I want to evaluate him there (at tackle) first,” Tisdel said, stressing that Hoehn must earn the starting job.
For Hoehn, earning a starting position and making an impact on his new team are short-term goals. As far as his long-term goal, he said he’s shooting for Division I football.
His high school coaches are pulling for him.
“He’s real competitive,” said Keith Crawford, Hoehn’s basketball coach the past two years. “It doesn’t take a whole lot to get him fired up, and he wants to win. You can’t help but wish a kid like him good luck in the future.”
– 6-foot-4, 270 pounds
– Offensive tackle
– Selected for Sertoma Football Classic all-star game
– First team all-league, second team all-state senior year
– All league honorable mention junior year
– On basketball team, averaged 12 points per game and 7 1/2 rebounds senior year
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