Bishop Gorman backup quarterback commits to Columbia

By EFN Staff
Published: 01/16/2015

Being on the No. 1 ranked team in the nation has perks far reaching up and down the roster on and off the field. For quarterback Danny Hong riding that wave meant a scholarship to Columbia.

In 2014 the Gaels went undefeated topping in-state and out of state foes. On the hit list included Phoenix, Arizona’s Brophy College Prep 44-0, Anaheim, California’s Servite 48-27, South Jordan, Utah’s Bingham 23-20, Corona, California’s Centennial 43-42, Rancho Santa Margarita, California’s Santa Margarita 41-10, and Bellflower, California’s St. John Bosco, the consensus 2013 No. 1 team in the nation, 34-31.

All the traveling and whipping up of out of state teams happened before Bishop Gorman even played an in-state team. The Las Vegas area team went on to post a 15-0 record winning their sixth consecutive state title.

Thanks to several blowout wins, senior backup quarterback Danny Hong played in 12 games completing 79 percent of his passes for 668 yards with eight touchdowns against two picks. Columbia saw enough in Hong to offer the three-year Bishop Gorman varsity player.

Hong backed up sophomore quarterback Tate Martell. Martell threw for 2,537 yards with 40 touchdowns against just two picks.

Hong was also extended an offer by Hawaii.

Bishop Gorman was so packed with talent at least 10 different players, give or take, are expected to play Division-I or Division-II football. Hong had the misfortune to come to the Gaels sandwiched in between Arizona Wildcats now starting quarterback Anu Solomon, Randall Cunningham, and Martell. Martell already has offers from Texas Tech, USC, and Washington.

Columbia, playing in the Championship Subdivision of the Ivy League, stumbled through a 0-10 season in 2014.

Photo credit: reviewjournal.com; Danny Hong.