East Mississippi Community College
6’4 295 Lbs. (per Rivals.com)
Rivals: 4 star
Scout: 4 star
ESPN: Do not rank junior college players
Other notable offers: Arizona State (visited), Auburn (scheduled visit), Baylor (visited), Nebraska (visited), Miami (FL), Mississippi State, Oklahoma, West Virginia
2013 depth at defensive tackle: Herbert Moore (commit), Jarron Reed (commit), Issac Gross (So.), Woodrow Hamilton (So.), Bryon Bennett (Jr.), Carlton Martin (Jr.)
Scouting report: After watching Hooks’s tape, a few things became effervescently clear. The first thing you notice is his speed. He explodes off the line of scrimmage and finds his way into the backfield in a hurry. His first move is so quick and finessed that the interior line rarely has time to get their hands high. The second thing that I noticed was something I suspected beforehand, his strength is tremendous. Once he gets to the ball carrier, he turns his target into a rag doll. Hooks plays the game with “bearesque” qualities. No, I don’t mean Bear Bryant or even Bear Grylls, I mean along the lines of polar or grizzly. Finally, his pursuit is relentless. He chases down the ball carrier and will pursue until either his teammate makes the tackle or he does. He fits the mold of what Chris Kiffin is looking to do and would be a great compliment to what could be an elite line.
Likelihood of signing with Ole Miss: The front-runner has changed a few times with Hooks over the fall. At times Nebraska, Arizona State, and Ole Miss have all appeared as favorites. Recently it was rumored that Miami (FL) was set to be his destination, but Hooks backed out of a visit the week before and rescheduled one for Auburn. He also took a visit to Baylor, but it does not appear as though the Bears are around the top of his list. Miami and Oklahoma may be dark horses in the race for Hooks despite neither garnering visits. The defensive tackle has stated that personal relationships and playing time are vital to him and the best relationships he has appear to be with the Sun Devils, Cornhuskers, and Rebels. This one is very wide open and will be decided within the next week, I’d estimate about a 60 percent chance for Hooks.
Rankings thus far:
18. Lavon Hooks
19. Dan Skipper
20. Duke Riley