DE Austin Hooper steps back, takes time 

September, 25, 2012
After spending a late July weekend in South Bend, Ind., on an unofficial visit to Notre Dame, Austin Hooper felt pressured to make a decision.

The 6-foot-5, 245-pound defensive end (Concord, Calif./De La Salle) worried that taking his time might result in some schools pulling their scholarship offers before he had a chance to accept one.

“I felt like some schools were telling me -- they weren’t openly saying it -- 'Do you want this offer? Do you want to commit?'” Hooper said.