Video Clips of Sean Hooey
This past Sunday Sean Hooey and his father Tim made the trip from their home in Litchfield, Michigan to the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Not only was it the first time Hooey had visited a college campus for a recruiting trip, it also allowed his father to go back to when he was a football prospect before heading off to Western Kentucky to play linebacker many years ago.
But while the father found out much has changed in the recruiting process, the child soon learned he may be more of a prospect then he ever dreamed. For it wasn't just that Sean Hooey was asked to visit with Brian Kelly and his staff, it was that he soon learned there just might be a place for him in the Bearcats program.
"I learned a lot from my visit to Cincinnati. I found out the staff has a true interest in recruiting me and that they've had great success in taking players like me (tight-end) and making them into top tackles. They told me about a player they coached at Central Michigan that is in this years NFL Draft who came in as a tight-end and will be a first or second round draft pick. I also learned their strength coach has had great impacts on players like me."
While Hooey didn't receive an offer, he left feeling the Bearcats have shown enough interest that he wants to make a return trip to see how the staff coaches during the spring.
"I hope to come back and watch a practice or spring game here in a few weeks. Going to Cincinnati opened the window for me to be recruited and because Cincinnati was the first to show a true interest in me, I feel I owe it to look at their program in full. If I can't make it back in the spring I'll look at coming to camp in June."
One reason Hooey may have much interest in UC is the advice he received from Bearcats coach Mike Elston.
"Coach Elston told me to go home and look at the universities website to see if they had the educational programs I desire to take in college. I'm looking to study finance and real-estate and Cincinnati has those programs."
But while academics are important to this 3.8 GPA student-athlete, he also knows football will provide him the chance to earn a quality education.
"I was very impressed with the weight room and the facilities as a whole. The Lindner Center is first class with there therapy rooms and weight room. I like the fact the weight room has great size and the ability to run on the built in turf area. I also had never seen a hydro-therapy system before and that's very impressive to see one on campus."
With being a player that projects into one who could play a couple of positions, Hooey also got to spend some time with offensive line coach Jeff Quinn.
"I got the chance to meet Coach Quinn and I can see he's an exciting guy to be around. Coach Elston to me I still could be a tight-end in their system since they use the spread with two tight-ends (one down and one spread out), but there was a very good chance I'd end up an offensive lineman. I really don't care what position I play as long as I can help the team and become the best player I can be."
While the Bearcats may have been the first to bring Hooey onto campus, as his film is getting to the desk of other college programs he's starting to see his interest rise. Could the Bearcats be the first to pull the trigger to offer? We'll stay in contact with Sean to see how his recruiting goes in the coming weeks and months.