9  K'Hadree Hooker
K'Hadree  Hooker

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Kinston

High School:
South Lenoir

Last College:
NC State

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 322

Position:
Defensive Line

Experience:
1L


A highly-regarded and physically-strong defensive lineman who transferred into the Pirate program (2013) after opening his collegiate career at Atlantic Coast Conference member NC State ... Successfully rebounded from an idle season (transfer rules) and enjoyed a quick acclimation to ECU's 3-4 system to enable productive inaugural campaign in an ECU uniform ... Will open junior year listed as a top reserve at one of the end positions behind Johnathon White ... Coaches also feel he could challenge for significant playing time or a starter's nod at the other end slot or at nose tackle ... Did not compete during the spring scrimmage season because of a family commitment, but did participate in strength and conditioning testing phase ... Power numbers of note include a 410-pound bench press, a 720-pound back squat and a 318-pound power clean ... Timed at 5.06 in the 40-yard dash and 4.61 in the pro shuttle.

2014: Appeared in 12 games on the defensive line, both on the outside and in the middle ... Made only start -- at nose tackle - against Florida in the Birmingham Bowl ... Enjoyed collegiate debut against N.C. Central in the season opener, recording a season-high three tackles ... Overall, booked 15 stops (three solo) with one resulting in lost yardage (-6 yards at Temple) ... Tallied multiple hits six times ... Matched season-best on two other occasions with a trio of tackles against Temple and UCF ... Logged two stops each in outings vs. Connecticut, Tulane and Florida ... Also credited with a pair of quarterback hurries (North Carolina, Cincinnati) ... Registered first career blocked kick on Cody Rademacher's 44-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter against SMU at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium ... Did not record any stats at South Carolina, Virginia Tech or Tulsa ... In 12 games played (DNP at USF), part of a defense that held six opponents to less than 100 yards rushing (N.C. Central/70, Virginia Tech/91, SMU/51, Connecticut/84, Temple/65, Tulane/24) and ranked 11th nationally in rush defense (111.8 ypg).

2013: Sat out the fall season in compliance of NCAA transfer rules after arriving from NC State ... Participated on scout team, helping prepare offensive unit on a weekly basis.

2012: Redshirted during true freshman campaign at NC State under former coach Tom O'Brien ... Signed with the Wolfpack program in February.

High School: Played at South Lenoir High School for coach Kevin Wilson ... Named the Kinston Free Press Defensive Player-of-the-Year as a junior in 2010 ... Tabbed All-Kinston Free Press First Team and All-East Central Conference First Team for three-straight years ... Named to the North Carolina 2A All-State team following junior and senior campaigns ... Rated a three-star recruit by ESPN.com ... Played both defensive tackle and defensive end as a senior team captain ... Also experienced action on offense at the tackle and guard positions ... Blocked a combined 10 field goals and extra points ... Had 79 tackles, seven sacks, seven forced fumbles, five blocked kicks and 15 quarterback hurries during his junior season ... Also competed for the track and field team ... Played in the 2011 Shrine Bowl (three tackles) and in the NUC Gridiron Classic ... Rated as the No. 29 defensive tackle nationally by Scout.com ... Ranked as the No. 19 recruit in the state of North Carolina by Rivals.com ... Initially committed to NC State over Clemson ... Also received scholarship offers from Auburn, Arkansas, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, Duke and East Carolina.

Personal: Full name is K'Hadree Nahree Hooker ... A communications major who earned ECU Honor Roll status for work in the classroom during the 2014 spring semester.