"I just mostly had to grow up last year – starting on varsity," said the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Hooker. "I had to get used to the faster pace, but this year has been easier and I've become a team leader. Also watching a lot of film has really helped me."
Now, Hooker is having a huge sophomore season and college coaching staffs are taking notice.
"I've been getting mail from Nebraska, Duke, Tennessee and North Carolina," he said. "I've gotten emails from a lot of schools, but that's mostly because I emailed them first. Virginia emailed me this week.
"Georgia – I've also been talking to them a lot. They said I'm one of their top 2016 recruits, so that's been really good. They want me to go to their camp, so they can evaluate me. I've also talked to Clemson."
Hooker is open to all schools.
"There's a lot of schools I like, but any school that shows interest – I really appreciate it," he said. "I'm pretty much open to anyone."
Over the summer, Hooker camped at Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest. Now, he is looking to visit some more schools.
"I might try to go Tennessee and hopefully go down to Georgia and Clemson soon, too," he said.
While recruiting is important, Hooker is focused on having a strong finish to their season.
"Individually, I'm looking to get over 120 tackles, more interceptions and just be a more dynamic football player," Hooker said.
"Team-wise, we obviously want to win a state championship. We've had some tough breaks this year, so we can't win conference. But hopefully, we'll get a home playoff game and go from there."
Ledford is 6-4 and plays their final regular season game tomorrow night at Winston Salem (N.C.) North Forsyth.