Hooker, a 6-foot-2, 270-pound defensive tackle from Deep Run (N.C.) South Lenoir, reached the field of Kenan Stadium just as the recruits were taking their seats and saw the entire spring game.
"[The players] got after it [and] they looked pretty good," Hooker said. "It wasn't like last year with a lot of intensity and fighting. But for the most part, it was pretty good."
Throughout the game, Hooker focused on the defensive line.
"Quinton is always telling me that they are getting after it," Hooker said. "For the last three or four years, they've always had a good defensive line. That is one of their strong points right now. "
The spring game also provided Hooker his first field level view of the Blue Zone.
"Carolina football fans are pretty loud and I think with the closure of the stadium, the level of cheering will be greater during the football season," Hooker said.
Following the game, Hooker had a quick conversation with Charlie Williams, his area recruiter.
"He basically said keep working hard, keep Carolina in mind – things like that," Hooker said.
Hooker then met up with Bradshaw and Coples off campus for dinner.
Besides UNC, Hooker has visited Auburn, East Carolina, and NC State this spring.
Although he hasn't eliminated any school from consideration, Hooker's visits have allowed a handful of schools to stand out.
"I'm considering everybody right now," Hooker said. "But Georgia Tech, NC State, and Auburn are starting to stand out, along with Virginia Tech and South Carolina on the rise. But as far as a clear leader, I'm pretty much open still.
"I like the tradition of the football programs [at those schools]. With State, it's on the rise with the things they're doing there. Georgia Tech, that's always been a pretty good ACC football team and also I'm about to have two friends that will play there – Tremayne [McNair] and Vad [Lee]. South Carolina, that's in the SEC, [and has] a great defensive line coach [in Brad] Lawing. Virginia Tech, they're one of the top teams in the ACC; I'd like to take a visit there to see what Virginia Tech football is about. Auburn, they're just coming off a national championship, they have good tradition there, and good fan support."
Hooker plans on visiting Virginia Tech within the next few weeks. He's also working on trips to Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
During the summer, Hooker, who reports nearly a dozen scholarship offers, hopes to be in the position to narrow his focus to a more manageable list of schools.
"I want to be able to focus on those particular schools," Hooker said. "Hopefully, I can make my decision in the fall, because I plan on graduating early."