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UNC Recruit Eval: RB Javon Leake & QB Hendon Hooker

Game evaluation of 2017 prospects tailback Javon Leake and quarterback Hendon Hooker from Friday night.

GREENSBORO, N.C. --- A touchdown – or less – separated Dudley (9-1) and Page (8-2) for much of the first three quarters of Friday’s game. But then a muffed punt ignited a Dudley explosion and led to a 35-7 victory over its crosstown rival.

Javon Leake, Greensboro Page, 2017

Playing against Dudley’s “Shut the Front Door” defense is a steep challenge for any running back. As such, Leake found little running room and failed to reach the end zone. He was able to compile 78 yards on 20 rushes.

Leake is a patient runner who uses subtle jukes to navigate through traffic. Within a crowd, he’ll feel his way around with his off hand and then compact his frame to hit a hole. Those attributes – plus the breaking of a couple arm tackles – led to his longest run of the night (clip 5) – a 26-yarder.

When Page passed, Leake often remained in the backfield as an extra blocker – and in a couple instances a very effective one (clip 2, 20). He was seldom targeted for a pass and dropped the lone catchable toss (clip 17).

Hendon Hooker, Greensboro Dudley, 2017

Unlike when IC saw him earlier in the season, Hooker threw enough passes on Friday (17 attempts) to actually evaluate him as a passer. Of his attempts, he completed 10 for 161 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown where he dropped the ball into the receiver’s mitts (clip 19). He can definitely spin it, but his accuracy could use more consistency.

Hooker opened up the scoring with a hard fought nine-yard touchdown run (clip 3). He finished the night with 27 yards on six carries. Some of his carries – including his touchdown scamper – came off of zone-reads.

Others

Dudley 2017 linebackers Nigel Peele and Patrick Connor had their typical double digit tackle night. Peele tallied 11 stops, including three for a loss. Meanwhile, Connor, who shadowed Leake much of the contest, had ten tackles, including two for a loss.


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