2012 Intro: K'Hadree Hooker

DEEP RUN, N.C. --- Inside Carolina profiles junior K'Hadree Hooker, a 6-foot-2, 270-pound defensive tackle from South Lenoir High School.

Scouting Report

"He a versatile athlete," South Lenoir head football coach Kevin Wilson said. "What [college coaches] have seen from what they tell me, as his strength is his burst – first step quickness off the ball that you can't teach… He has the ability to see the ball snapped, beat his man, and get into the backfield. He's shown the versatility to line up at nose guard, in the gap, and over the offensive guard. He has that wide body that might be just 6-1 ½, but can be 315-325 [pounds in college] and can fly – he averages a 4.90 and 4.95 [in the 40-yard dash]."

Prep Career

Hooker was named Kinston Free Press Defensive Player-of-the-Year following his junior season. On the year, he recorded 79 tackles, seven sacks, seven forced fumbles, five blocked kicks, and 15 quarterback hurries.

"His sophomore year, we moved him from the offensive line to 0-technique (nose tackle)," Wilson said. "At the end of his sophomore year, he really came on…

"This [past] year, we moved more to a 4-3 [defense] and he was in a two-technique [head up over the guard] and he did the same thing… In the summer, for some schemes for us, he'll stand up and play linebacker."

Besides offensive line and defensive line, Hooker has played some fullback and has handled kickoffs and extra points during his prep career, according to Wilson. Additionally, he played quarterback in middle school.

Recruitment

Hooker reports that Duke, East Carolina, Louisville, North Carolina, and NC State have verbally offered him a scholarship.

"We've been in discussions with Charlie Williams at North Carolina and [Jerry] Petercuskie at North Carolina State," Wilson said. "North Carolina has been on him since his sophomore year and North Carolina State since his freshman year.

"There are a few schools – North Carolina being one of them – that are on the fence about K'Hadree, because he's not 6-2, 6-3, [or] 6-4. If he takes his shoes off, he's going to be 6-1 1/2… There are some schools that are looking for that prototype defensive lineman."

According to Wilson, Hooker will narrow his list of schools under consideration to five by the end of July and then make a verbal commitment after his football season.

"We are talking to his mom, the school, and the list of schools that he narrows it down [about] the possibility of him graduating early," Wilson said. "He's on track to do so academically."

Early favorites to make Hooker's cut to five include Georgia Tech and NC State.

"NC State has great facilities – it just blows me away – their football program is on the up rise [and] great coaches," Hooker said. "Georgia Tech, Atlanta explains it all [and] nice campus."

Hooker grew up a UNC fan, but a couple of factors are holding the school down.

"I have a lot of interest in them," Hooker said. "With the NCAA thing going on, that plays a big factor in [my feelings towards them] and all the recruits that they [signed] as far as the defensive line."

Hooker has made visits to Duke, East Carolina, Florida, Georgia Tech, UNC, and NC State.

He plans to make a spring visit to Louisville and camp at Alabama, Clemson, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, UNC, NC State, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech this summer.

Extra Notes

Hooker starts at center on the basketball team and will, for the first time, participate in the shot put and discus this spring. "Last year, they were out there practicing and I just went out there messing around and I threw it farther than everybody on the team with no technique. [The track coach] was like ‘You're doing track next year.'"… Wilson was Houston Texan and former first overall draft pick Mario Williams' head football coach in high school.


Video provided by Jason Pughe of AthleteVault.com.

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