Did BYU Hook a Linebacker?

Looking to shore up a few holes in the linebacking corps, BYU flew an outstanding Arizona athlete up to Provo for a visit. The 1,000+ yard rusher liked what he found at BYU, but did he like it enough to make it his home for the next 4 years? This Diamondback Diaper Dandy fills us in on the status of another Arizona prep star.

Just hours ago Tempe, Arizona all star Terrence Hooks called coach Paul Tidwell informing him he was accepting a scholarship to BYU.

"I committed a few hours ago," Hooks said. "I am really excited about it. BYU offered me a scholarship about 3 months ago, and has been after me ever since. I took my official visit to BYU Jan 21st and had a great time."

Terrence is a 6'1 205-pound running back who will switch to linebacker for BYU. He runs a 4.48 forty and has a 35.5 inch vertical leap.

"I am a running back, but BYU wants me to play linebacker," Hooks said. "As a running back my senior year I ran for over 1,200 yards, I had 15 touchdowns, and that was sitting out 3 games with an ankle injury. I didn't even really play on defense."

BYU first caught wind of Terrence this summer at some camps. Coach Tidwell was the primary coach recruiting Hooks for BYU, but BYU was not the only school.

"Northern Arizona was the only other school to offer me a scholarship," Hooks said. "I had a lot of other interest from other schools, but they wanted me to gray shirt or walk on. UNLV wanted me to come and gray shirt my first year, but I didn't want to do that."

Hooks, who is a non-LDS black athlete, said it should not be too big of deal to go to BYU, which is a predominately white school.

"The town that I'm from is mainly white," Hooks said. "It shouldn't be a big deal for me. I'm not Mormon, so it may be a bit of a challenge but I think it will be a good opportunity. My parents wanted me to go to BYU."

In his meeting with the coaches Terrence said he was told everything about the Honor Code and understands it well.

"Yeah, it won't be a big deal for me at all, because I don't party and I don't like alcohol," Hooks said.

At Marcos De Niza High School, Terrence was named all-city and all-region as running back for his junior and senior year. He also runs track for his school, competing in the long jump, and 4 x 100.

TBS also got Terrence's thoughts on his visit to BYU.

"Aaron Wagner was my host," Hooks said. "He is a really nice guy. I loved my visit. We went snowmobiling, and ate at some nice places, but we didn't get to stay out late because we had curfews. The other guy on the team I met was Kayle Buchanan. He was really cool too. The facilities were awesome, man they were so nice. I also liked my visit with Coach Mendenhall. He seems like such a great guy."

Terrence said another fellow Arizonian was on the visit with him.

"Blaise Johnson, was there on the visit too," Hooks said. "He's going to BYU also. I just talked to him a few hours ago."

When asked to describe his style of play Terrence said he is known as a playmaker, who plays every down as hard as he can.

"On one play this year I took a hand off down one side of the field, but the blocking was terrible, and two guys tried to tackle me, but I ran back to the other side of the field and ran it 65 yards for a touchdown," Hooks said. "Also I had one game where I had 265 yards on 23 carries. We played in the highest division of Arizona football."

Terrence also said that the Arizona Republic newspaper listed him the 17th best football player in Arizona.

Terrence will also be playing in the Arizona high school all-star game in June. He plans on coming to BYU soon after to work out with the team. He also plans on majoring in Business.

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