Junior college DT among recruits visiting for Penn State game

2012-11-09T20:15:00Z 2013-01-29T18:43:04Z Junior college DT among recruits visiting for Penn State gameBy BRIAN CHRISTOPHERSON / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

His sack numbers immediately get your attention.

Yes, Lavon Hooks told HuskerOnline.com he had 16 1/2 sacks this season at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville, Miss.

Sounds like a good guy to get on campus.

Husker coaches apparently thought so. They've secured a weekend visit from the 6-foot-4, 297-pound Hooks, who would have three years to play two.

"I think that Nebraska is a good place for defensive linemen like myself," Hooks told HuskerOnline. "They put a lot of guys in the league (NFL) like Ndamukong Suh. I know they must have a good defensive line coach.

"I'm going on my own on my visit, and I'm hoping to see a healthy-sized crowd and a good game. I want to see high intensity on defense, because that's the type of player I am."

Hooks is also considering visits to Arizona State and Miami.

His trip to Lincoln comes on the heels of Nebraska receiving a commitment from juco defensive end Randy Gregory.

"If we find the right guy, the guy that’s mature and we feel can come in and help us immediately, we’ll take a look at that," Husker coach Bo Pelini said this week of recruiting in the junior college ranks. "I’m in no hurry to do that. I think we’re looking and doing our homework, but that’s not necessarily our route, trust me.”

Hooks isn't the only visitor this weekend.

Others expected to be at Saturday's game include defensive tackle Quincy Russell (Athens, Texas), offensive tackle David Knevel (Ontario, Canada), already committed long snapper Gabriel Miller (Mishawaka, Ind.) and running back Adam Taylor (Katy, Texas).

Taylor is no small fish in the recruiting game. He's listed by both Rivals.com and FoxSportsNext.com as a four-star recruit.


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