Hooper is Stanford Bound

Austin Hooper

Austin Hooper's decision is in. The defensive end/tight end out of Concord (Calif.) De La Salle committed to the Cardinal while on an official visit to Palo Alto this weekend.

Austin Hooper's decision is in. The defensive end/tight end out of Concord (Calif.) De La Salle committed to the Cardinal while on an official visit to Palo Alto this weekend.

"It was fun," he says of the trip. "I got to see the campus again and hang out with some of the players some more."

It wasn't Hooper's first trip to The Farm, but he found this past weekend to be unique.

"The official visit was different," he shares. "I got to spend a lot more time with the coaches. You can eat all your meals with them and they can pay for it. Both of my parents were there also. It was nice to see everything again."

The recruit was hosted by junior fullback, Lee Ward.

Ward isn't the only Stanford fullback that Hooper is familiar with, as his uncle, Greg Hooper, was a fullback at Stanford in the early 80's.

He's just one of the family members on board with the 6-foot-4, 247-pound athlete's college decision.

"I think Stanford is great," Hooper tells FOX Sports NEXT. "That's why I felt like I had to commit.

"My parents love it. My dad is from the South Bay, and his brother actually went to Stanford. If you can get in, go, because they help you the most once you're done with football."

Hooper received his acceptance into the university on Friday evening, and he didn't wait to pull the trigger.

"I committed Friday night," he says. "It feels good to get this recruiting process to a close."

The new Cardinal commit, who describes his pledge as "very strong", is ready to get to work.

"I'm looking forward to the chance to compete for a starting spot," he states.


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