2017 UNC Target: QB Hendon Hooker

Four-star N.C. quarterback Hendon Hooker camped twice at UNC this summer and the Tar Heels will be keeping a close eye on him this fall.

GREENSBORO, N.C. --- Four schools have offered Hendon Hooker, a 2017 four-star quarterback from Dudley High. But if/when North Carolina decides to offer, it could dramatically alter the 6-foot-3, 185-pounder’s recruitment. 


Scouting Report

“A lot of people look at him as a drop back passer [and] some look at him as a dual threat quarterback,” Dudley head coach Steven Davis said. “I think he can be a dual threat quarterback, but I think drop back passing is his thing.”

Prep Career

Despite playing for a football powerhouse in NCHSAA’s largest classification, Hooker hasn’t spent any time on junior varsity. As a freshman, he backed up Emmanuel Moseley, who signed with Tennessee (as a cornerback) after leading Dudley to the 4A Championship that season. In mop up duty, Hooker estimates that he threw for 100 yards and rushed for another 100.

When Moseley graduated, Hooker became Dudley’s starting quarterback in 2014. He completed 62-percent of his passes for 1,141 yards and 10 touchdowns with just three interceptions. He also rushed for 522 yards and six scores on 79 carries (6.6-yard average). More importantly, he led Dudley to an undefeated season on the field (the entire season was wiped out by a violation of the eight-quarter rule).

“We ask him to take control of the ball, to take control of the offense, and not to turn it over,” Davis said. “He’s got to understand that if he doesn’t turn it over, we have enough weapons to score some points. Also, I want him to understand that he doesn’t have to throw the deep ball all the time. Take what the defense gives him and we’ll be in good shape.”

Following those instructions, Hooker tossed three interceptions on 108 attempts and fumbled the ball just once.

Recruitment

Army, Clemson, East Carolina, and Syracuse have offered Hooker.

“I think a lot more will come in after his first couple of games of the season,” Davis said.

Among the schools that will be closely monitoring Hooker’s performance during the first three or four games of the 2015 season is North Carolina.

“I’ve gotten good feedback [from UNC],” Davis said. “He’s been down to camp twice. We also went to a quarterback-only camp and he got good feedback from there. They haven’t offered yet, but I think if he does well his first two or three games I think the offer will come in.”

Furthermore, Keith Heckendorf, UNC’s quarterback coach, communicates with Hooker on a weekly basis.

A UNC offer could be a game changer for Hooker’s recruitment.

“It would be a big change in the situation that I’m in with selecting a school,” Hooker said. “I like Coach [Heckendorf] and it has a good Health Sciences program.”

Given the current landscape of his recruitment (i.e. the schools that have offered), Hooker is favoring Clemson and Syracuse – even though he has yet to visit either school.

“Clemson, they’re big on me – they said I’m on the top of their list,” Hooker said. “And I’d probably say Syracuse, because I’m at the top of their list, also.”

Prior to making a verbal commitment during the latter half of his junior season, Hooker plans to visit both Clemson and Syracuse.

Hooker has visited Alabama, Auburn, Duke, Florida State, UNC, NC State, and Tennessee. Most of those visits occurred this past summer.

As Davis mentioned, Hooker camped at UNC twice this summer. First, he attended the “Carolina Elite QB Academy,” an all-day quarterback-only camp that included classroom time in addition to three workout sessions.

“I learned a lot from Coach Heck and Coach [Larry] Fedora,” Hooker said. “They showed me how they run their offense and how they operate with their quarterbacks.”

Hooker returned to UNC a week later for Fedora’s Freak Show where he was one of four quarterbacks to compete in the exclusive camp.

“The atmosphere was crazy,” Hooker said. “It’s like a real game at North Carolina.

“I really liked how the coaches interacted with the players. I really liked how [the coaches] are down to earth. I really liked how they communicated back and forth, and have a great relationship with their players.

“It was great competition and I love to compete. When you have some of the best athletes in the nation on the same field nothing but great things will happen.”

Extra Notes

Hooker has started on Dudley’s basketball team since his freshman year. After averaging 14 points, three assists, and seven rebounds in his first season, he averaged a double-double as a sophomore (17 points, four assists, and 10 rebounds)… Dudley is starting up a golf program and Hooker plans to join… Hooker has a few family ties to Division I programs -- his cousin Will Graves and God brother Brendan Haywood played basketball at UNC; and his cousin Andy Headon played linebacker for Clemson before winning a Super Bowl with the New York Giants in 1986… Hooker plans to major in Health Sciences because he wants to be an orthodontist.


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