LB Garrett Hooker Profile
Many prospects got a close look at Clemson's campus and spring
practice on Saturday. One prospect who planned on attending was 2016 3-star
linebacker Garrett Hooker (Thomasville, N.C.) of Ledford High School. Hooker
was unable to make the trip but took some time to catch up with CUTigers,
"I actually didn't get to make it to junior day due to some family issues,
but I went to Clemson twice last year. I'm going this spring for the spring
game, hopefully," explained Hooker.
Despite missing junior day, Hooker was quick to note what had stood out to
him on his previous visits to Tigertown.
"What stands out most is the family
atmosphere, the love the guys have for the program and how close everyone
is. They really care about you and your family, not just football,"
continued the junior.
Hooker has not received a scholarship offer from Clemson just yet, but he's
not letting that hold him back. "Coach Venables and Pearman said they wanted
me back at camp. They really like me, but want to see a little more before
they offer," said Hooker.
Seeing what Clemson has to offer is plenty of motivation for the linebacker
as he looks to his future.
"It makes me go even harder. I train every day. I
work on speed three days a week and lift every day. I'm going to be ready,"
Hooker went on to say that he's not in any hurry right now to decide on a
leading school for his services, "I'm wide open. There are places I like
more than others, but I'm waiting for now. I'm going to Vanderbilt next
weekend, then Clemson for the spring game. I go to Wake Forest a lot,
because I live so close. I'll probably visit NC State, Duke and North
Carolina too," said the junior.
Though Hooker lacks an offer from Clemson, the Tigers' staff has noted his
ability on the field.
"I had 208 tackles this year, and I want to top that. I want to get 250 next
season. I want to maintain leadership with the team, and as a team we want
to go to states and win states," stated Hooker.
Hooker measures in at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds.
Productive LB seeks Clemson offer
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