Hooker Rock Solid for the Pack

Deep Run (NC) South Lenoir DT K'Hadree Hooker talks about his recent official visit to NC State.

If K'Hadree Hooker's senior season was any indication there's a good chance he'll be making an early impact in his career at NC State.

Oftentimes young college football players make their mark on special teams before working their way into the lineup. Some high school athletes are recruited for their ability to return punts and kickoffs. It's not often you see a 6-2, 270-pound lineman dominate on special teams like Hooker did this year, however.

While Deep Run (NC) South Lenoir had a down year with just a 3-8 record, Hooker said he had a lot of fun and made some lasting memories. He'll certainly remember the fact that he blocked 10 field goals or extra points. NC State's coaches are excited about his potential at defensive tackle as well, and Hooker is hoping he can work his way into the playing rotation sooner rather than later.

More than a week ago Hooker took his official visit to NC State.

"I was there the weekend before last and everything went good," Hooker told Pack Pride. "I got a chance to sit down and talk with the coaches just to touch base and everything.

"My host was Brian Slay and we had a good time. I've been up to NC State a lot. My mom has a house in Raleigh so I'm up here all the time. We ate good. They kept us fed," he laughed. "We went to dinner with the coaches and just had a lot of time to talk and hang out. Hanging out with the players was great too. They already know me and it's like I'm a part of the team already."

Hooker classified himself as "rock solid" with NC State and said he's anxious to sign his Letter of Intent to make everything official.

The South Lenoir senior said he attended all but one or two of the Pack's home games this year so he had a chance to watch the team's development first hand.
                                        
"They had an up and down season, "he explained. "They were a team that was faced with a lot of injuries. With any team when you have injuries you aren't going to be the same team. They fought back, though, and they played with their backs against the wall. That's one thing they've always talked about. They just went out and competed down the stretch. They showed the world they're a good football club."

Hooker rotated between defensive end and defensive tackle for South Lenoir this year but he should be exclusively an interior lineman on that side of the ball in college.

Hooker is in Spartanburg, SC this week and will be participating in next weekend's Shrine Bowl. He is one of three Wolfpack commitments (M.J. Salahuddin and James Summers) that will line up for the North Carolina squad.
 



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