Sophomore linebacker has a huge season

THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- This fall, Garrett Hooker established himself as one of the top sophomore prospects in North Carolina. The Thomasville linebacker spoke with about his recruitment, future and more.

Garrett Hooker was a dominant defensive player this season. His efforts have gotten the attention of multiple college coaching staffs.

"I'm getting mail from Georgia, Clemson, Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State," said the 6-foot-3, 230-pound linebacker. "I'd like to hear from Florida State and Michigan."

So far, he has visited two schools.

First, he went to Georgia.

"It was an awesome visit," Hooker said. "The coaches were really cool and the stadium was great.

"I talked to (director of on-campus recruiting) Daryl Jones the most. He told me that I'm a big, fast player and that they really like my film. He said they would be stopping by my school in the spring."

Duke was his next stop.

"Duke is a great place," Hooker said. "They have a good football and academics. I really like the coaches and they had the players around us, too. And being around them was really cool.

"The coaches just told me to get bigger, faster and stronger – and that they would be stopping by during the spring."

While he is only a sophomore, Hooker knows what he is looking for at the next level.

"Academically, I'm looking for a school where I can get a good education," he said. "That's a big thing to me and my parents. Football-wise, I want to go to school that has a great linebacker coach and a place that has great kids on the team."

With the season behind him, he has already started thinking about camps next summer.

"Hopefully, I'll get to the in-state schools – Carolina, State and Duke," he said. "As far as out-of-state schools, maybe Clemson and Georgia."

During his sophomore season, Hooker had 126 tackles and was an all-conference selection.

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