PROVO - The BYU Football program officially announced the additions of two heralded offensive linemen in American Fork High's James Empey and Notre Dame transfer Tristen Hoge.
James Empey, son to BYU offensive line coach Mike Empey, was a three-star prospect in the class of 2015. Empey signed with the University of Utah out of high school. Once he returned home from his mission late in May of this year, Empey enrolled at BYU to join his father in Provo.
Also in the class of 2015, Tristen Hoge was the number one rated center in the country by us here at Rivals. Hoge was unable to win the starting center job over Sam Mustipher so he decided to transfer for an opportunity to play elsewhere.
Hoge has three years remaining to play as he redshirted in 2015 and was the Fighting Irish' scout team MVP along the offensive line. In 2016, Hoge appeared in six games leaving him three years remaining of eligibility.
Hoge is the cousin to current BYU quarterback Beau Hoge and he was a high school teammate and close friend to BYU defensive lineman Wayne Tei-Kirby.
Hoge is going to file a waiver to become eligible for the 2017 season.
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