Osborne wants Hooper at Tight End

It's been quite a week for Concord (Calif.) defensive end Austin Hooper. Last Saturday, he helped De La Salle keep it's perfect record with a 49-15 stomping of Folsom in the California Interscholastic Federation Northern Regional Open Division final. As he prepares for another big game this weekend, his father Michael discussed a recent meeting with Oregon coaches.

Austin recorded three sacks against Folsom in the final and had a few key receptions in the game as well. From a father's standpoint, Michael was thrilled.

"He performed well, had a good time, had fun," Michael said. "His team came out ahead. It's always a thrill to see that happen."

Due to finals week at school, Austin didn't host any schools for in-home visits this week. But, on Thursday evening Michael visited with Oregon special teams and tight ends coach Tom Osborne at De La Salle, a meeting that was very productive.

"He said he wants Austin and wants him to play tight end," Michael said. "He thinks he'd be a great fit. As a father, it's really nice to hear that Oregon really likes his character above all else. It really makes you feel good.

"He's a good, solid guy," Michael said of Osborne. "All of those coaches are really solid, especially with Aliotti up there. You know what you're getting yourself into."

With dead period approaching on Sunday and De La Salle's impending matchup against Centennial-Corona in Carson for the California Open Division state championship, the Hooper's had to cancel a trip to Eugene for an official visit to Oregon.

"We had planned on going up next week after the game but we later found out that you can't visit during the dead period," Michael said. "So, we are putting that off until it's over."

After Saturday's matchup, Austin will have a brief resting period before heading back down to Carson for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl game on Jan. 4.

"I told him 'when you get to be old like me, you can look back on that and say wow, I was only one of a few people that got to play in that game,'". Michael said. "That's a great honor because De La Salle has a lot of former players and coaches that became Marines. It really means a lot to Austin and alot to the some of the folks on campus at De La Salle."

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