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94 DAYS TO 2021 KICKOFF: Ozzie Hoffler

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In which BracketCat counts down the 94th day until the 2021 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State defensive end Ozzie Hoffler.

#94 C.J. Reese
Since the departures of C.J. Reese and Anthony Payne, No. 94 wasn’t worn by anyone in 2019 or 2020 (other than briefly in fall camp by Matthew Pola-Mao before he opted out of the season). I am projecting its availability this year for Ozzie Hoffler.
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NOTE: Kansas State has elected to advance players’ classification even though the 2020 season did not affect eligibility. Those who wish to take advantage of this extra year will be listed as a (“super”) senior again after their original eligibility would have been exhausted.

Ozzie Hoffler

True Freshman | 6-3 | 220 lbs. | Atlanta, Georgia
Ozzie Hoffler
Ozzie Hoffler
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive End
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Redshirt
  • Status: On Scholarship

Ozzie Hoffler (b. Oct. 28, 2002) is a disruptive, quick young defensive end prospect out of Woodward Academy in Atlanta who helped to keep the Wildcats’ Georgia pipeline flowing.

Hoffler, who plans on majoring in business and likely will redshirt in 2021, played under head coach John Hunt at Woodward, where he was regarded as the the 73rd-best weakside defensive end in the Class of 2021 by 247Sports.

He finished his prep career with 115 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, and 17 sacks and was a 2020 preseason all-state honoree by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Hoffler helped the War Eagles to a 13-1 record and a trip to the state semifinals as a junior, when he earned honorable mention all-region honors from the Journal-Constitution.

A three-star player by most recruiting services, he picked K-State over offers from Akron, Appalachian State, Boston College, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Charlotte, Colorado State, East Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Kansas, Kent State, Liberty, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Memphis, Mercer, Miami (Ohio), North Carolina A&T, Savannah State, South Alabama, Temple, Troy, UCF, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Washington State, West Virginia and Western Kentucky, as well as interest from Louisville.

Hoffler’s primary recruiter was defensive ends coach Buddy Wyatt, his future position coach, who ironically beat out his fellow former KU assistant coach Darrell Wyatt (no relation, as far as I can discern), who was working for UCF at the time, for Hoffler’s services.

Here’s what our own Drew Schneider had to say about him in a recent recruiting wrap-up:

Georgia has been fertile recruiting territory for the defense, and Coach Wyatt headed down to the ATL and pulled out Ozzie Hoffler. This is all about improving the pass rush, because that’s what Hoffler does. He’s explosive off the edge, can make the turn, and puts quarterbacks on the ground. At 6’3, 220, he’ll need to pack on some weight to be a three down player, but in the meantime, he could play early in his career as a situational pass rusher on passing downs.