On a return trip in July for Auburn's second Senior Camp, the rising junior quarterback at Trinity Presbyterian ran an impressive 40-yard dash time of 4.46, one of the fastest of the event.
"It was only the second time I have sprinted since a back injury and that was a 4.58 at Tulane, but with the 4.46 I am getting back into it," he says.
Commenting on his performance at the camp, Van Hooser says, "I did pretty well. I had a few bad throws I shouldn't have had, but I have been throwing a lot this week and my arm is a little sore. Other than that I did pretty good. I worked on my footwork a lot and it has gotten better."
Van Hooser plays quarterback and can also handle wide receiver and is a defensive back for Trinity Presbyterian.
At the Tulane camp Van Hooser was offered a scholarship and decided to take the Green Wave up on the very early offer from where his brother, Wilson Van Hooser, will be a redshirt freshman wide receiver this year.
"It was very exciting to get the offer from Tulane since my brother will be there and I will get to play two years with him," he says. "They said they will let me run track, too, as long as my grades are okay.
"I like the campus a lot at Tulane and a big thing is getting to play with my brother again," Van Hooser says. "Also, Mitchell Riley, who is from my high school, is walking on down there. I know a lot of the players on the team and they are going to give me a shot at quarterback first. They also want me to play receiver, safety and return kicks.
"My brother is doing well," Van Hooser says. "He is second string receiver now and he might jump into the starting lineup and he is going to be returning kickoffs."
Van Hooser, whose family has strong Auburn connections, says that he talked to Auburn offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Gus Malzahn on Saturday. "He told me he saw me run a good time and he said he would be looking at me to do what they have done with Kodi Burns. They gave him a shot at quarterback and a chance to play some receiver, too."
Van Hooser measured in at 6-0 1/2, 166 pounds on Saturday. If Auburn offers, will that change things? "I am happy right now with my commitment to Tulane, but two years is a long time and the Lord could lead me in a different direction," he says.