May 24, 2011

K'Hadree Hooker is in no rush

K'Hadree Hooker has been busy this spring, traveling across the state to show off his skills at several combines and training camps. The Wolfpacker has talked to him after a handful of events, including a VTO Combine, Shrine Bowl Combine and Nike Training Camp and a few things have remained consistent.

Hooker has impressed observers at each stop with a powerful frame, impressive quickness and a non-stop motor. At two events, offensive linemen have resorted to ripping his shirt to shreds while holding the 6-foot-2, 280-pound defensive tackle since that is the only way they can seem to slow him down.

After every event, Hooker talks about how much fun he's having because of, "the chance to compete."

Colleges have certainly taken notice of the explosive big man, who has about 12 offers now. NC State joins an offer list that also features the likes of Arkansas, Auburn, Duke, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. A handful of programs have caught Hooker's eye, although the Deep Run (N.C.) South Lenoir standout contends that he is in no rush to wrap up his recruitment.

"I'm still in the process of narrowing stuff down, I'm just taking things slow right now," he said. "I like Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, NC State and Auburn a lot. [My list] is coming together slowly but surely."

After such a busy spring, Hooker is ready to tone down his slate of events a little and enjoy touring a few more campuses that he has not seen yet.

"As far as camps, I think I'm about done," he said. "I think I'm going to get down to Tennessee and visit Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Then, I'll head down to Florida to visit Miami and Florida."

He's been to NC State's campus more times than he can count, and has several friends with ties to the program. He's good friends with 2011 signee Maurice Morgan from rival North Lenoir High and is also close with the Pack's first commitment of 2012, Josh Sessoms, a safety from Bailey (N.C.) Southern Nash. Morgan's mother also lives close to Raleigh in Holly Springs, N.C.

"I've been [to NC State] a lot," he said. "It's convenient for my mom because it's a short drive over.

"They've got great coaches, great facilities. I think their football program is on the rise. They are not getting much respect, but they got a great team. I feel it.

"They're picking it up a lot, they're really after me."

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