Solid athlete when asked to play in space. Plays with leg drive as run blocker. Uses choppy, accelerated feet into contact and keeps chopping them through contact to secure the block. Operates with quality balance and limited waist-bending. Has the arm length of a tackle. Understands his job on each play. Has an accurate radar in seeking out second-level targets and connecting at a high percentage.
Hooker played just two seasons of high school football and was a two-year starter at wide receiver and cornerback for coach Joe Cowart at New Castle H.S.