In a years period of time, Blake Hoffarber has seen his world turn upside down. After hitting a miracle shot in the 2005 Minnesota Class 4-A State Championship game, Hoffarber was presented with an ESPY Award. With precious second's ticking off the clock, Hoffarber grabbed a loose ball off the floor and, in dramatic fashion, connected on an unforgettable shot. As if winning "Best Play of The Year" by ESPN wasn't enough, Hoffarber has more than 20 scholarship offers on the table.
"I am going to be taking an official visit to Notre Dame," said Hoffarber. "My family and I don't have the exact date yet, but the visit is going to take place during the weekend of September 9 or the 16. The coaching staff at Notre Dame has offered me a scholarship. It's the only official visit that has been planned, but it will not be the last.
"During the weekend of September 28, I will be taking unofficial visits to Louisville, Vanderbilt and Cincinnati," he added. "I have scholarship offers from all three schools, so I am looking forward to spending a little time on each campus."
When it comes to his official visit to Notre Dame, Hoffarber is bound to see one of the greatest football games of the year. On September 9, the Irish will go head-to-head against Penn State. A week later, Michigan comes to town.
However, there is no question that Hoffarber is going to take his time with the recruiting process. Aside from the aforementioned programs, the talented shooting guard has scholarship offers from Oregon, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Washington State, Bucknell, Furman, Loyola-Chicago, Northern Iowa, Rice, William & Mary, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Albany, Delaware and Montana.
"I will probably take two or three more official visits once I get back from Notre Dame," said Hoffarber. "I have no idea who I will visit, but I do know that the visit to Notre Dame is for sure going to happen.
"My family and I are planning to trim my list of schools by the end of the week," he added. "Things can always change, but that is the plan right now. I also have an in-home visit scheduled with Santa Clara on September 6. That is the only in-home visit that has been planned."
Blake Hoffarber Bio: Hoffarber was a second team All-State performer in 2006. He received All-State honorable mention in 2005 and was named to the All-Conference, All-Tournament team, and All-Metro in 2005 and 2006. Hoffarber won ESPN's ESPY Award for "Best Play" in 2005, becoming the first high school athlete to win an ESPY award.