Justin Fuente isn't one to mess around with quarterbacks. Despite having the high interest of Alex Faniel (who they might view more as an athlete/tight end, at this point), his lack of commitment sure opened up a slot. Thursday, Dudley High School QB Hendon Hooker committed to Virginia Tech after a relatively short recruiting process. The time between the scholarship offer and the commitment? 23 days. That's a really quick sales job. Tech was likely to take only one recruit in this class- mostly because our depth chart only loses one scholarship player, Brenden Motley, at the end of the year. He'd join Jerod Evans, Dwayne Lawson, Josh Jackson, Jack Click, and Chase Mummau (for those confused, he's a walk-on that will join for summer/fall).
Hendon Hooker (Greensboro, NC. 190lbs, 6’-4". Quarterback)
Hooker is an athletic lanky kid who runs a very wide-open offense. He probably runs more in the Dudley Spread-Option than Coach Fuente would like, but he does have passing ability and is not simply back there to be the athletic kid that makes all the plays. You have to like both his arm and his touch. I'd be concerned with some of the lack of ins-and-outs where you make your money in college and the pros- 15 yard seam routes are great, but you make your bread-and-butter from 5-7 yard quick slants.
Hooker is the third recruit for the 2017 class. He's rated 4 stars by Scout, three stars by Rivals and 247, and unranked by ESPN. Composite wise, he's the 11th best ‘dual-threat' quarterback in the country. If ESPN gets with the program, and he performs to a high level in the fall, he's in the territory to become a consensus four star and have a very good shot at being a future starter at Virginia Tech.
Congratulations, Hendon, and welcome to Virginia Tech!
(We have contacted Hendon for an interview, which will be posted if it can be worked out.)