A quarterback with sprinter's speed, Van Hooser measured in at 6-2, 170 pounds at the Auburn MVP Camp where he was one of the more impressive athletes at the event.
He wasn't able to run the 40-yard dash at recent camps because he is recovering from an injury, but should be full speed in plenty of time for his junior season at Trinity where he started at safety as a sophomore and also played quarterback, wide receiver and returned kicks.
Last summer he ran a 4.53 at a football camp at Tulane where his brother, Wilson Van Hooser, is a wide receiver for the Green Wave. He says his best time this year is a 4.48.
Van Hooser has run a hand-timed 10.63 100 meters and did 12 bench press reps of 225 pounds at a Nike Combine where he had a 32-inch vertical jump.
Van Hooser is shown at the Auburn MVP Camp.
At the one-day Senior Camp he got plenty of attention from Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, who also coaches the QBs for the Tigers. Malzahn put the rising junior into a group with the top quarterbacks at the camp, "I wasn't expecting that since I am just going to be a junior," Van Hooser says. "I guess he wanted me to go with that group so it was good for me.
"The camp went pretty well although I couldn't do some of the stuff due to my back injury, but I was able to throw and do all of the (quarterback) drills and that went well," he adds.
He notes that he got some good news from the doctor that he should be full speed soon. "He told me just to rest it," says Van Hooser, who has already camped at SMU and also taken a recruiting trip to TCU and has more camps scheduled before the start of his junior season.
He says his latest camp, the Auburn MVP event last Saturday, was a good one. "I was a little tired when I got there because I was at a seven-on-seven passing camp at Prattville on Thursday and I was our team's only quarterback there," he says. "Once I got going I thought I did pretty well.
"There was a lot of good competition at the Auburn MVP Camp and there were a lot of good athletes I have seen at other camps," he notes. "That was a good camp to attend."