April 23, 2012

3-star DE remains interested in Army

When GoBlackKnights.com first spoke with defense end prospect Austin Hooper out of Concord (Cali.) De La Salle High School, he was measuring in at 6-foot-4, 237 pounds.

Hooper, who maintains a 3.5 GPA, says that he has been working diligently to get ready for both his senior season and one step away from college. "I have been spending a lot of time in the weight room and have blown up a little," he declares. Along with lifting, the defender has been doing the shot-put on De La Salle's track team.

Well, not only has the 3-star prospect added weight, that now has him tipping the scales at 245 pounds, but since our 2/18 interview, he has added something else to his resume.

He has gone from having six offers ranging from Arizona State, Army, Colorado, Northwestern, Oregon State and Washington back in February, where Hooper's list of offers have doubled. Now you can add Boise St., California, Houston, Northwestern, Oregon, Utah and Washington State.

GBK recently caught up with the rising star as he was on the sidelines during California's spring game during an unofficial visit. "Yes, I'm at Cal's gold & blue spring game right now and you just missed a nice touchdown grab in the end zone," adds a laughing Hooper, who took time out to discuss his recruiting.

My top schools right now. "I have a top list of schools, but these are schools that I have seen, so I can't talk about the schools I have yet to see. My top five schools that have offered me are Cal, Washington, Oregon ... hmmmmm? well that's my big three," says Hooper, who laughed when he realized that he could only come up with three "top schools" until he added two more. "Maybe Boise and Oregon State."

And where does Hooper have Army in his recruiting equation? "They are definitely still recruiting me and I'm definitely still interested in them," he adds. "They are a phenomenal school. I haven't visited Army yet, but two of my teammates have and they said they both loved it," declares Hooper, referencing Army commit Josh Jenkins and potential Black Knights' walk-on, Michael Parros.

Even with his recruiting taking off, Hooper remains focused as a true student-athlete. "I have been busy with SAT and ACT prep," states the potential business major in college.

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