Lavon Hooks from Booneville (Miss.) Northeast Community College is disappointed that he and his team's season is over. There is no bowl game and the only thing that Hooks can take away from it is that personally he took some big steps forward as a player.
"We're done actually," Hooks said. "No bowl game. We didn't have a very successful season. Personally I think that I played pretty good. My main goal this year was to be the sack leader in the state because I knew that I could do it."
Hooks is a versatile athlete. At 6-foot-4 and 280-pounds he can go sideline to sideline chasing down ball-carriers. Where Hooks can make a living at the next level is getting after the quarterback from the inside of the defensive line.
"I played almost every spot on the defensive line in every game this year. There wasn't a specific spot for me this year. College coaches say they want to see me on the inside, but they like my outside game too. I am hearing defensive tackle or strong side defensive end.
"I am a pretty good inside pass rusher working the point. Like a one on one match-up with a guard. When I was at the nose this year I would two-gap and when I was at the three it was single gap."
Recruiting has been a constant for Hooks. He is gearing up for his first official visit this weekend and will take the second the following weekend. Hooks then has a third set up for a weekend in December. Things will go quick. He will squeeze in his visits, sign in December and enroll at a DI school in January.
"Recruiting is going very well. I haven't taken any trips yet. My first one will be this weekend to Nebraska. I set that up on Monday. I am pretty excited about it. I know that Nebraska knows how to turn defensive lineman into animals.
"I have a visit the following weekend to Arizona State. I have a visit set up for December 6th to go to Miami. I will sign in December and I will enroll in January. I will have three years to play two years."