Hooker Claims No Leader

South Lenoir (NC) defensive tackle K'hadree Hooker was pound-for-pound one of the top performers at the recent Shrine Bowl Combine held in Williamston, North Carolina.

The final Shrine Bowl combine of the year took place at Riverside High School, and over 200 rising seniors participated in the event.

K'Hadree Hooker, who already holds over a dozen scholarship offers, checked in at 6-foot-1 and 295 pounds and posted a 5.11 40-yard dash on what was considered a slow surface. He also benched 185 pounds 30 times and had a 4.67 20-yard shuttle.

"I thought I did good," said Hooker. "I came out and competed with some of the better guys in North Carolina. Hopefully I can represent our state in the Shrine Bowl this year.

"Everything increased from my last combine, and I was heavier so I felt good about that. I was actually disappointed in my 40. I had been training at a YMCA in Raleigh all week, my mom lives there, and was clocked at a 4.9 there. I thought I could run that here too but maybe I was just still sore."

Hooker thrives off competition. Despite holding multiple offers, he isn't scared to attend various camps and combines to showcase what he can do.

"I love to compete," he said. "Anytime I get a chance to compete and have fun I'll get out there and do it. A lot of guys ask why do I do it with all my offers, but I just tell them I'm a competitive person."

As a junior Hooker was named the Kinston Free Press Defensive Player of the Year after totaling 79 tackles, seven sacks, seven forced fumbles, five blocked kicks, and 15 quarterback hurries.

His productivity and upside has led to scholarship offers from Auburn, South Carolina, Louisville, Virginia Tech, N.C. State, North Carolina, Duke, Vanderbilt, Arkansas and Georgia Tech among others.

"I think Miami and Florida could be close [to offering]," Hooker stated.

One program that has Hooker's attention is NC State. The Wolfpack were one of the first schools to offer Hooker a scholarship and have been recruiting him since his freshman year.

"I like a lot about State," he said. "My mom is there in Raleigh, but that's not a real big factor. Plus I love their facilities and the coaches are great. The fans... I went to the spring game and felt like I was already a part of State even though I wasn't. It was a great experience."

NC State recruiting coordinator Jerry Petercuskie is handling Hooker's recruitment for the Wolfpack.

"He's great," said Hooker. "I really like coach Petercuskie. I don't know what it is, but we've got a great relationship."

As it stands now, Hooker remains wide open. He isn't ready to name a top five or a leader.

"I'm open," he said. "I don't really have a top five. I'm open with all my options. I'm just taking the process slow and enjoying it because you only get to experience this one time."

Hooker is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 34 defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com. He is qualified and will be looking to enroll in college next January.


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