Less than two months later, Hoeh showed his own interest, making a verbal commitment to Syracuse.
Hoeh, a three-star prospect and the 44th-ranked recruit in Illinois Class of 2021, chose Syracuse from 17 total offers including service academies Air Force and Navy, MAC schools Bowling Green and Central Michigan and a number of Ivy League schools.
Hoeh said he spent most of the recruiting process the last few months on Zoom calls with coaches, but he did make it to Syracuse on May 30 with his dad for an unofficial visit.
"It was great. All the facilities and academically, top notch," Hoeh said. "The campus was beautiful, you can see the [Carrier] Dome from anywhere, which is pretty awesome."
Ultimately, Hoeh said Syracuse "checked all the boxes."
"They have great academics, they could better you in the future, great football in the ACC, great location, great campus," Hoeh said. "Really, it's everything."
Hoeh, 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds, played primarily left tackle last year, with a few plays at guard. His recruiting really took off in late March and early April with offers from Furman and Fordham. Syracuse came with an offer on May 7, Air Force later that week.
"I would say around the fourth and fifth offer, Furman and Fordham was when it took off," Hoeh said. "They told me straight up that it's a full ride and I thought, that's crazy. I would say then it started to get serious."