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Hooper ready for Pac-12 trip

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Austin Hooper is taking an important unofficial visit to Washington this weekend but the Concord (Calif.) De La Salle defensive end is remaining patient with the recruiting process.
The 6-foot-4, 233-pound three-star prospect said he's definitely interested to see the campus and talk more with the coaching staff and visiting with the Huskies is a big step as he looks for the best fit.
"I'm definitely going to take it all in," Hooper said.
"I want to see the campus, the coaching staff and it's definitely going to be one of those trips I'm going to look closely at. I'll definitely say that. I'm just looking to get up there, checking it out and I'll have a good time."
Hooper, rated No. 28 at weak-side defensive end and No. 47 in the California state rankings by Rivals.com, said he's in no rush to make his decision.
No frontrunners have clearly emerged but Hooper said by the end of summer he should have a much better idea which programs stand out.
So far, Hooper has received offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Army, Boise State, Cal, Colorado, Houston, Nevada, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, Purdue, San Jose State, Utah, Washington and Washington State.
"I wouldn't say there are favorites so soon," Hooper said. "Definitely toward the end of the summer I can lay that out.
"Right now I haven't crossed anybody out. I want to visit as many schools as I can and get the best feel for the campus I can see myself going to for the next four or five years.
"That's about it. It's really the schools that have offered. At this point in the recruiting process, everything has mellowed down and I'm mainly just talking to the schools that have offered me."
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