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Visits coming for Hooper

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Austin Hooper wanted to wait until after his senior season to seriously focus on his recruitment and now that it's all over the Concord (Calif.) De La Salle defensive end will do just that.
The 6-foot-4, 233-pound prospect who helped lead De La Salle to another state bowl championship victory against Corona (Calif.) Centennial this past weekend said visits are coming up and they'll be crucial in his recruitment.
One to Oregon is especially important as the Ducks are believed to be in good shape in Hooper's recruitment but the three-star standout is planning a few other Pac-12 trips as well.
"I'm going to take some officials to some places," Hooper said. "I'm going to sort them out.
"I'd like to take an official to the University of Oregon. I'll probably take one to Cal and Oregon State is also a school I'd like to go see. The other one I'm not 100 percent sure on just yet."
Hooper, rated as the No. 31 weak-side defensive end in the 2013 class by Rivals.com, said the trip to Oregon is especially important to him. Throughout his recruitment, he's talked highly of the Ducks so taking an official visit to Eugene is big.
Saturday night was all about celebration though after De La Salle capped off another impressive season. Hooper played well on the defensive line and De La Salle comfortably cruised to another state title.
"It was a lot of fun," Hooper said. "It was a tough task. Centennial was big and athletic so we knew we had to play really disciplined and that's our strength. We did what we had to do.
"They're the best offense in Southern California and we're the best defense in Northern California. Our goal was just to see who could beat who. We had to rely on our scout team to give us the best look possible. They did a pretty good job of that."
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