Oregon Likes Hooper On Both Sides

Whether he stars on offense or defense at the college level, nobody quite knows, though Concord (CA) De La Salle three-star athlete Austin Hooper says he's confortable playing wherever he's needed. With numerous Pac-12 offers already in hand, Hooper says the Oregon coaching staff has extended him an offer at both tight end and linebacker.

Do you currently have an offer from Oregon?

"Yeah."

What kind of contact have you had with Oregon since the recruiting process started for you?

"Actually yesterday, they came to school to watch me run a few routes."

Is Oregon looking at you for offense or defense?

"They aren't really sure yet. The offensive guy says offense, the defensive guy says defense, so I'm not really sure yet."

If you were to play offense, does Oregon prefer you at wide receiver or tight end?

"Tight end."

Which coaches from Oregon have you been in contact with?

"Coach (Nick) Aliotti and coach (Tom) Osborne."

In your conversations with coach Aliotti and coach Osborne, what kinds of things have they discussed with you?

"They like that I can be used at multiple spots and they like that I'm versatile. If there's a hole at outside linebacker, I could go there, if there's a hole at tight end, I could go there...They just like the way I play, I guess."

Do you have a preference between playing offense or defense?

"I don't. I just enjoy playing football and doing whatever, but in college, once I know where I want to go, I'll have a chance to figure it out from there."

What is your overall interest in Oregon at this point?

"I'm interested in Oregon; they're in my top three, top five. They're a cool school, but I haven't actually been up there yet. I guess I'll know more about it when I get up there."

Have you planned a visit or anything like that yet?

"I haven't. I'm still waiting for my summer schedule to be released for workout times and what not."

What is your top three or top five at this point?

"I don't necessary have one, I just know that Oregon is up there."

Is there anything in particular that stands out to you about Oregon when you consider them as a potential option?

"I like the system that they run both offensively and defensively; it's fun to watch and it would definitely be cool to be a part of and they also win."

You are teammates with Oregon targets Michael Hutchings and Victor Egu. Have the three of you discussed playing together at the next level?

"We don't really talk about playing together. We all have different offers and our top five ranges from a lot of different schools. We've all talked about playing together, but at the end of the day, you've got to do what's best for you. We haven't gotten in to too much detail about all that stuff though."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"I'd say that even though I don't have blazing speed, I try to play as fast as I can and as technically sound as I can, so that would be the best way to describe how I play."

Is there a player at the collegiate or professional level that you try to pattern your game after at all?

"Yeah, Dylan Wynn, who is actually a defensive end from Oregon State. He was at De La Salle a couple of years ago and just the way that he would play, he was one to get offers from everywhere based off of how nasty he was and just his motor. His motor was ridiculous and from the defensive end spot, he got like 120 tackles. My goal is to emulate and play after him."

What are you looking for in a program?

"A solid university scholastically, I guess. I have to get on campus and talk to the guys. If you can't bond with the guys in the locker room, it's going to be a miserable time. Those are a couple of things I'm looking for."

Have you given any thought as to what you might want to study in college?

"I was thinking something along the lines of business and marketing or something."

What are some of the offers that you currently hold from other programs?

"Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, California, Notre Dame, Boise State, Nevada and a few other smaller schools."

As far as camps and unofficial visits go, where have you been and where do you plan on going over the next few months?

"The only place I've really been unofficially for a visit is just the Bay Area schools like Cal and Stanford. I haven't really been to any other campuses unofficially. Once I figure out my schedule though, I'm got to try to coordinate which schools I could go to or which schools have camp. We'll see, because I could take all the trips I want, but the parents are paying for tickets and everything."

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