As a freshman he helped lead the Indians to three Class AAAAAA state playoff wins last season following an injury to starting quarterback Ty Clemons.
As the projected starter in 2014, he will lead a McEachern team stacked with players that have Division I college potential, and Hockman is getting a little preseason hype of his own.
Hockman has been named to the CBS MaxPreps Preseason Sophomore All-American Team.
According to 247Sports, he’s already attracting attention from Oklahoma State, Georgia, Florida State, Mississippi State and South Carolina.
Despite the honor, Hockman isn’t going to let it get to his head.
“It’s a cool thing to get something like that,” said the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Hockman. “That’s a pretty big honor but I still have to prove it. I have to prove that I’m that caliber of player.”
Hockman proved he could handle the pressure heading into the Class AAAAAA playoffs last season by helping his team earn three victories on the road.
In Hockman’s first varsity start, which came in the first round of the playoffs, he threw for 205 yards and two touchdowns in leading McEachern to a 36-21 win over Newton
“I studied a lot for the Newton game, and after that, it was just football,” Hockman said. “I just had to keep myself calm and not get caught up in the emotion too much.”
Arguably his highlight performance of his freshman season came in the second round against Langston Hughes. Hockman rallied the Indians from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit to win 22-21 and advance to the quarterfinals. He threw a 21-yard touchdown with just more than 3 minutes to play to cut the deficit, and he also completed a 29-yard pass on third-and-15 set up McEachern’s game-winning touchdown.
He threw for 189 yards and a 45-yard touchdown in McEachern’s 35-32 quarterfinal win over Collins Hill and ended his season with 1,096 passing yards and 11 touchdowns.
In looking ahead to the 2014 season, Hockman said he should have more arm strength this season and is also expecting to scramble more often.
Duke-bound TJ Rahming will likely be Hockman’s go-to receiver this season and will have protection from a stout offensive line led by Chuma Edoga (Southern California) and Chandler Jones (Louisville).