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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
DT Hooks to visit Miami, not Auburn

By Dave Hooker

There has been a significant change in Lavon Hooks' recruitment.

Originally scheduled to visit Auburn this weekend, the highly coveted junior college defensive tackle from Northeast Mississippi Community College will take an official visit to Miami instead. Hooks said Auburn is still a finalist despite not taking an official visit there.

Hooks has already taken his other four official visits -- to Nebraska, Arizona State, Ole Miss and Baylor -- in November. Still, he's familiar with Mississippi State and Auburn from previous unofficial visits there. Despite not taking an official visit to see the Tigers up close, Hooks maintained that Auburn if a finalist.

Hooks, from Atlanta, said he is primarily considering Arizona State, Auburn, Miami, Mississippi State and Ole Miss, in no particular order. Hooks will make his decision soon. As a junior college prospect, he can sign with his chosen school on Wednesday.

Oklahoma tried to get in the running for the 6-foot-4, 295-pound prospect. The Sooners offered Hooks a scholarship recently but then backed off.

"They offered," Hooks said of the Sooners. "They were going to come visit but felt it was too late [in my recruitment to secure a commitment]."

Understandably, Hooks said he wants early playing time at his chosen school, as is usually the case with junior college prospects.