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Fudge Van Hooser successful in two sports
"Everything is going real good," said Fudge Van Hooser. "I had my first two track meets. I came in second place at the Hoover Invitational to Aaron Earnest. He came in second place in Junior Olympics and is going to LSU on a track scholarship. "My time wasn't great. I ran an 11.2 in the 100m. Aaron ran a 10.7. He normally runs a 10.4. Everyone's times were off. We were running into a strong headwind. I also had a horrible start." Van Hooser's commitment to Tulane brings a couple of other great opportunities. "One of the big things is my older brother, Wilson, is playing there," he said. "Since he got redshirted I can play with him for two seasons. Tulane is also going to let me run track. It's an opportnuity not too many people have a chance to do. "I love it down in New Orleans. I love the players on the team and the coaches. There are so many reasons, and that's what God wants me to do. An early commitment sometimes has prospects a little anxious to take a visit or two before signing day. "I don't know right now if I will take any other visits," he said. "It will depend on what comes up. It will depend on what coach Toledo wants me to do. If they are OK with it I would love to take the visits." The 6-foot-1, 180-pound prospect played receiver during his junior season. He had 400 total yards, but missed a few games due to a back injury. Another position is not out of the equation for the senior season. "I love playing both," Van Hooser said of quarterback and receiver. "I want to do whatever is best for the team. Tulane mainly recruited me as an athlete. I threw at the camps I attended the past two years. They will give me a shot at quarterback. They may put me at receiver or safety. The same deal with them. Whatever helps the team out the most I am happy to do. I don't really have a preference." Van Hooser is working in several areas during the off-season preparing for whatever the senior year may bring. He recognizes his strengths and how to make them work to his benefit. "I don't know what position I will be playing this year, so I have been working on my throwing and getting people to throw to me," he said. "Last year was the first year I really played receiver. My 10th grade year I played safety. I have been getting better with my routes. I have been working on everything. I have been working on my ball velocity and watching film for my decision making. "I think my biggest strength is my combination of speed and strength. I am not the biggest guy in the world. I have my 40 down to a 4.3. That is what I ran at the Army combine. I am now benching 340-pounds. The combination of speed and power I think is my biggest strength this year." Making a verbal pledge to a program does not stop other schools from recruiting a player. A couple of Junior Day invitations and a lot of mail has continued. "I have mainly been hearing from Auburn and Alabama," Van Hooser said. "Alabama invited me to Junior Day, but I didn't attend. I talked to coach Malzahn at Auburn. He is going to invite me to their Junior Day. Ole Miss invited me as well. I have been getting letters from Oregon, Nebraska, Louisville, Georgia Tech, Missouri, Vanderbilt and Southern Miss." Van Hooser plans to visit Tulane at the end of the month while in New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl Track Classic.
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