The Irish have offered just two junior quarterbacks in four-star Hunter Johnson and four-star Avery Davis, with the latter now Notre Dame’s top target at the position.
When the spring evaluation period kicks off in mid-April, offensive coordinator Mike Sanford is sure to check on more, including 6-foot-4, 208-pound four-star Hendon Hooker Hendon Hooker.
“Coach Sanford says that he’s a big fan of my play,” Hooker said. “He said I’m in the top three on their board.”
Hooker is aware of the prestige that pairs with Notre Dame on and off the field.
“Notre Dame is legendary,” Hooker said. “It has great players and great tradition. If they offered, they would be one of my top schools.”
The Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley product holds offers from Army, N.C. State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia, West Virginia and Wake Forest.
“I don’t have any favorites right now,” Hooker said. “I plan on taking some visits this spring and making decision before the summer starts. Academics, the coaches and location will play a factor.”
Hooker will visit Wake Forest on Saturday. He saw Notre Dame play in the fall at Clemson.
As a junior, Hooker completed 127-of-198 passes for 2,234 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushed 122 times for 1,217 yards and 15 more scores.