Hooey Impressed With Wolverines

Hillsdale (MI) TE/OT Sean Hooey is one of the hottest recruits in the Midwest right now. He has been the center of attention for several Big Ten and Big East schools, and that continued earlier this week when he attended a Michigan practice.

Sean Hooey’s father wasn’t sure what to expect. It was the Hooeys’ first time in Ann Arbor and he had previously been baffled by the lack of interest the Wolverines were showing in his 6’7, 245-lb son.

”For the first hour, it was your typical ho-hum spring practice,” Mr. Hooey said, “but after that it was like, wow, where did that come from?”

What he was referring to was the attention shown to Sean during his visit… and not just from the coaching staff, but also from the players as well. In both cases, both Sean and his dad came away extremely impressed.

” Coach DeBord took Sean into the tight end's meeting and then we watched the practice along with the other big name recruits. We were so blown away by practice. When Coach Carr speaks, all the players get down on one knee and it is dead silent.  It shows you what kind of respect he has. And all the players were great.  They were all very friendly, well spoken, and were all really good about answering Sean’s questions.”

The feelings were mutual. The Wolverine staff was also impressed with Sean and marveled at how big he was despite only being 16 years old. A high school tight end, many schools are thinking Hooey could be an offensive tackle at the next level. No matter where he lines up, it is clear he is quite the physical specimen.

”Coach Carr said, ‘you look like you’re 210, but you’re actually 245.  That’s good.’”

While no offer was extended, it was clear that the Maize and Blue have their eye on Hooey now.  Once more film work is done, that offer may be in his future.

”Coach DeBord looked at the film and really liked it and that’s why we were invited to the practice,” Mr. Hooey explained.  “Coach Carr said he would watch the tape A.S.A.P. and get back to us. They told us they really want us to come back.”

The Hooeys’ busy schedule will continue this week. Before their stop in Ann Arbor, they had been to Purdue and Michigan State. They are currently in Cincinnati, where the Bearcats were the first and only school to offer. Could that be enough for the talented prospect to commit this week?

”Coach Carr told us to wait and not do anything until he’s had a chance to watch the tape, so we’ll just wait and see.”

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