Trinity Prospect Busy On Camp Circuit

Montgomery, Ala.—The Scout.com Southeast Elite 150 Combine in Auburn was filled with four-star and five-star prospects and some of the best talent from around the region. Trinity Presbyterian receiver Wilson Van Hooser hasn't gotten all of the attention as some of the prospects, but he more than held his own at the combine against the Southeast's best.

"I thought if that's the top 150 then I'm in it," Van Hooser tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "A lot of the cornerbacks were good, but I felt like I could hang with them and not only hang with them, I felt like I could play above their level. I did find out a lot of stuff that I need to work on. It hurts that I'm not this 6-4 or 6-5 wide receiver, but I am a whole lot quicker than a lot of those guys. I feel like I'm in that top 150."

He might not be as tall as some of the other receivers, but Van Hooser can dunk a basketball at 5-11, 175.

"The 40 at Prep Champs up in Chattanooga I ran 4.5-flat (40-yard dash)," he says. "I was the second fastest guy there for the 40s. For the pro shuttle I ran a 4.18, broad jump I jumped 9-10, my vertical was a 38.5", but down at Troy I jumped a 41.5"."

Aside from his measureables, Van Hooser adds that the mental part of his game is a strength learning from Randy Ragsdale and the coaches at Trinity.

"I feel like my football IQ is good and running routes," Van Hooser explains. "It comes from my coaches and just watching a whole lot of tape and just thinking about stuff. ‘What if this happens or what if that happens.' It's just thinking and finding something that works. It's also just studying the game and learning about it."

Competing against some of the top corners like Dre Kirkpatrick, Jonathan Edwards and Khairi Usher, Van Hooser was able to take something away from the camp.

"Probably just getting a little better separation," he notes. "A bunch of those guys I could get separation, but even if they're faster than me they can still catch up, so I just need to get a little more separation for the guys who run low 4.4s and all of that so I can still separate from them. We didn't do it there, but blocking is still part of my game that I really need to work on."

As far as college recruiting is concerned, Van Hooser doesn't have any offers yet, but is getting interest and looking at schools from coast to coast, and perhaps even farther. "Any offense that's a spread," he says. "Tulane, Boise State, Troy, Southern Miss, Texas Tech, TCU, Auburn, SMU and even Air Force. I'd go as far as Hawaii. I'm getting a little more every day. I'm getting camp brochures and all that. A couple of people have invited me to come to camp. It's a gradual process. I think if somebody had the most interest in me it might be Southern Miss. I really like the new spread offense that they're running. It's a work in progress and it'll probably start clicking in the next few weeks.

"I'm for sure going to Troy, Southern Miss, Auburn, Tulane and I'm pretty sure I'm going to SMU," he adds of his camp schedule this summer. "I may go to Vanderbilt, I may go to Georgia Tech and that's about it right now. I think our school is going to do the Tony Franklin Camp.

"I'm just trying to get the most popularity that I can. I know I can play at this level. It's just all about getting my name out there however I can going to combines and all of the camps I can so I can play at the next level."


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