Defensive end Austin Hooper is one of the more sought-after defensive linemen on the west coast. One of the best defensive players for Concord (Calif.) De La Salle – a school that has been known to be a football factory and one of the best high school programs in the country for two decades now – Hooper is being evaluated by various colleges across the country.
Arizona recently jumped into the mix for Hooper, who has just started his communication with the UA staff.
"The only time I talked to them was when they offered me, which was about a week ago," Hooper said.
Arizona has some tough competition when it comes to recruiting Hooper as he lists a few of UA's Pac-12 rivals as the schools showing the most interest.
"Washington, Oregon and Cal are the main schools I have talked to," Hooper said.
There is a long summer ahead for Hooper. He is sure to have a busy schedule, but he isn't quite sure what it will consist of as of now.
"I won't have anything planned until I get my summer schedule worked out," Hooper said. "From there I can coordinate with my dad on it."
The 6-foot-4, 233-pound defensive lineman has been given offers from schools all over the map, but most of the interest is coming from programs on the west coast. While he doesn't guarantee that he will stay close to home, he currently believes he will play football in the Pac-12.
"Most of my offers are coming from the Pac-12, so that's probably where I am going to end up," he said.
There will be a few additional key factors in Hooper's recruitment and most of it boils down to how well he fits at that specific school.
"How prestigious the university is," Hooper said. "And how I feel with the area and how I like the campus."
Hooper has a long list of offers to mull over. With the ability to be a little more picky about where he goes to school, he intends on taking his recruitment as far out as possible.
"I am going to wait as long as I can," Hooper said.
Hooper likely Pac-12 bound
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