Tennessee lands transfer commitment from former ACC quarterback
On Thursday, Tennessee learned that it has landed an experienced quarterback from an ACC program.
After spending four years at Virginia Tech, Hendon Hooker announced on Twitter that he is transferring to the Vols. Hooker entered the NCAA transfer portal last month after he played in eight games and made six starts for the Hokies this past season.
During the 2020 campaign, Hooker passed for 1,339 yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions and rushed for 620 yards and nine scores. He also got substantial playing time in 2019, as he passed for 1,555 yards, 13 touchdowns and two interceptions and ran for 356 yards and five scores that season.
Hooker redshirted his first season at Virginia Tech in 2017, then he didn’t attempt a pass in 2018, although he rushed for 57 yards and a touchdown that year.
A 6-foot-4 quarterback out of Dudley High School in Greensboro, N.C., Hooker was a 4-star recruit in the 2017 class, having committed to Virginia Tech on March 24, 2016. He was the No. 11 dual-threat quarterback in the class, per the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Tennessee could use some depth at quarterback, considering Jarrett Guarantano recently entered the NCAA transfer portal and J.T. Shrout is transferring to Colorado. Perhaps that will lead to Hooker getting an opportunity to get on the field for the Vols in the future.
Hooker announced his commitment to Tennessee with a graphic featuring himself in a Vols uniform:
Dream chasing is an occupation, those with the job understand the process of manifestation.
— Hendon Hooker (@henhook2) January 7, 2021