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Hooper lands first few offers

Things are happening pretty fast for Austin Hooper as the Concord (Calif.) De La Salle weak-side defensive end just picked up his first offer from Northwestern a few days ago.
The Wildcats are definitely appealing to the 6-foot-4, 233-pound prospect especially since Hooper wants to major in business.
"I was pretty shocked when I first got it," Hooper said. "I talked to a coach briefly and they came to school. He gave me his number and we started talking a little bit and out of the blue my coach called me in the office and they offered me.
"It was my first offer. It was exciting. I'm very interested in Northwestern. I want to major in business and Northwestern has one of the best, if not the best, business school in the country so I'm very interested."
Days later, more offers started pouring in for Hooper, who finished with 46 tackles and 10.5 sacks for a team that finished 13-1 and won the state bowl championship game in convincing fashion.
Washington, Oregon State, Colorado and Army have also offered Hooper, who said the Huskies definitely are of interest because De La Salle grad Tosh Lupoi is the defensive line coach there after an impressive stint at Cal.
"Washington is also a phenomenal place and they're building up a very strong program," Hooper said.
"Having Lupoi there is definitely a plus and it will make me consider Washington even more. He is a great coach and I'm definitely interested in them."
It's still early for Hooper so he doesn't plan to make any rash decisions. This weekend, the De La Salle standout is expected to attend the Cal junior day along with four-star teammate Michael Hutchings, one of the top prospects in the West.
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