Hooks Has Cajuns on Top

Mainland HS running back Telvin Hooks plays in the shadow of 4-star athlete Marlin Lane, but the senior back showed he has Div 1 tools and is holding his first offer from Louisiana's Ragin'Cajuns.

Telvin Hooks split time in the Mainland High backfield with 4-star recruit Marlin Lane (Clemson Commit) as a junior. When Lane went down with an injury during the 2009 season, Hooks had the opportunity to step in and show his ability at running back. All Hooks did was rush for over 500 yards, including 200-yards in one half of a game, and score six touchdowns. Telvin showed that he has a Div 1 build at 5-11, 200-pounds to run between the tackles and is fast enough to make plays on the parameter. Hooks performance has drawn recruiters down to spring football last month and Telvin has picked-up his first over of the year.

"Coach Brown offered me from Louisiana-Lafayette," stated Hooks. "We talked about his program and I really like him. I also like talking to the running backs Coach Lustig. I like what he had to say about their offense and his thoughts on how I would fit into their scheme."

Hooks has seen a number of schools come in and speak to him during spring; USF, UCF, Colorado State, Middle Tennessee and East Carolina, does he have a favorite?

"Right now it's Louisiana-Lafayette," Telvin said. "They were the first to offer and I like Coach Brown a lot. I'm open right now, but if I had to name one today, it would be the Ragin'Cajuns right now."

Is there another person influencing Telvin Hooks opinion on the Louisiana program?

"Yea, my friend Amari Williams," stated Hooks laughing. "He signed with Louisiana-Lafayette this spring and talked a lot about their program when he returned from his visit in April. He had a lot of good things to say about the program and wants me to come down and visit this year."

Playing behind a highly touted recruit like Marlin Lane is tough, especially when you have the talent to play Div 1 football as well.

"When Marlin got hurt, it gave me the opportunity to touch the ball more," Telvin said. "People would come up to me after the game and say, "man I didn't know you could play like that." "I've been working really hard this spring and I plan on attending a few camps this summer."

The two most important factors for Telvin decision on a future program is Academics and coaches. Hooks has maintained a 2.9 GPA and scored a 1010 on the SAT.

"Academics is very important to me," said Hooks. "I want to major in sports management, so a good business school is what I will be looking for when I visit. The coaches are also important, because you will spend a lot of time with your position coach in meetings and the film room."

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