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South Carolina football recruiting: 2017 quarterback Hendon Hooker on Gamecocks' radar

The Gamecocks have their eye on a dual-threat class of 2017 QB from North Carolina, who could potentially make a huge impact if he decides to sign with South Carolina.

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With Will Muschamp beginning to cultivate his first full recruiting class at South Carolina, one man on their list is junior quarterback Hendon Hooker out of Greensboro NC. Hooker has popped up on to the recruiting board of many big programs across the country.

A spectacular basketball and football player at Southwest Guilford Middle School, Hooker moved over to traditional state power Dudley to hopefully start at quarterback for the always-dangerous Panthers. After a spectacular sophomore year, the calls, letters, and tweets started coming his way, immediately jolting him into a college prospect. After establishing himself even more with a rock-solid junior season, South Carolina is one of 16 power conference programs who have offered Hooker a scholarship.

Hooker is considered a pro-style quarterback. With a larger frame, good mobility and a strong arm. Hooker could easily jump into almost any college offensive system and be extremely successful, especially with his innate ability to run the read-option. Rated as three star recruit, 9th in the state of North Carolina, and 17th among pro-style QBs, Hooker is widely considered one of the best quarterbacks in the south for the class of 2017. In February, the Gamecocks offered a scholarship to him, but he has yet to make an official trip down to Columbia. With his senior year ahead of him, Hooker has made one visit, down to South Bend to officially visit Notre Dame.

Standing at 6'4 and weighing in at 190 pounds, Hooker is a prototypical athlete. As a dual threat QB, Hooker showcases tremendous speed, becoming a dangerous threat when he hits the open field. Arm strength is also one of Hooker's greatest strengths. His ability to fire the ball 40 to 50 yards downfield is a tremendous asset for any potential team that is vying for his services. His size makes him a load to bring down while possessing the speed to get out into the open field evading defenders. His speed can be showcased throughout his junior season highlight video, including one particularly impressive is the first clip in the film as Hooker get out into space running the read option and nobody can even touch him. In the video, Hooker's arm and accuracy is also showcased in the second clip of the video as he drops a beautiful, high-arching throw right into the arms of his open receiver in the end zone from 40 yards out.

When breaking down the film, everything looks clean and impressive. Knowing what he can do with his legs, Hooker recognized the conservative defenses he has been faced with, always finding an open hole to run through to get into the open field, or finding an open man downfield for a big gain through the air. Throwing power and accuracy are both impressive, as he consistently finds his man in stride and planting the ball right on the numbers. If Hooker can fine-tune all of his mechanics and footwork, and continue his explosive style of play, he could be shooting even farther up recruiting boards this coming season.

With South Carolina's extremely young quarterback corps, Hooker could compete for a starting job as early as his freshman year in Columbia. With a lot still left to be sorted out for the 2016 season, Hooker could slide into a QB battle his first year on campus in 2017. With one senior, and the rest underclassmen heading into 2016, South Carolina's quarterback situation is as murky as it gets, having no read on who will be the long-term option under center.

With only one official visit made, there are very few clues as to where Hooker may end up. But the Gamecocks have extended an offer his way and seem interested in him. Will the Gamecocks get him to commit? Will he make an official visit to Columbia? All of these questions still need to be sorted out, and they will be in the coming months.