Parents: Brian and Tanya Hoy
High School: Clayton
Height, Weight: 5-foot-7, 175 pounds
Also Considered: Emory and Henry University, Centre (Ky.) College, Princeton, Yale, Harvard
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Why Randolph-Macon? “It is really just the perfect place for me. They’ve been recruiting me since my junior year and they’ve stayed with me. And when I toured the school I saw that it was just a better fit than I could imagine. The program, the education opportunity, it was all perfect for me.”
Notable: Eric is a four-year varsity contributor for the Comets. He played mainly defense (linebacker, cornerback and safety) as a freshman, then slot receiver and running back as a sophomore and junior. He made the switch to quarterback when Clayton went to the spread offense before his senior season. Dealing with all of those changes provided an important sports lesson. “I got frustrated when I was defense because I wanted to play offense as well. Then when I was on offense I wanted to play defense. It all kind of opened up my eyes to how selfish I was being,” he said. “I had to realize that the key to success for any team is having to rely on my teammates. That realization helped me become a leader for our team.” He was twice named Clayton’s team offensive player of the year and was a two-time Greater Neuse River 4A Conference selection as well. He ran for 1,318 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior and threw for 1,733 yards. … He expects to play some combination of slot receiver, running back and kick returner at Randolph-Macon where he’ll play with friends Brandon Baucom (of West Johnston) and Cole Sakowski (of Corinth Holders). … Eric is interested in the medical field. He’s interested in orthopedic pediatric surgery or research medicine. “It all depends on how I am dealing with being around other people’s blood and cutting people open,” he joked. … He said he will cherish the unique relationships he had with both of Clayton’s head coaching during his football career. “It was really different playing for two head coaches,” Eric said. “I got really close to Coach (Gary) Fowler by the end of my sophomore year. Then coach (Randy) Pinkowski came along and I got very close to him. He did a ton of things to help me reach my goal of playing in college and helped me get a chance to play in the East-West All-Star Game.”
Compiled by D. Clay Best