Hendon Hooker Returns to Virginia Tech With Class

Virginia Tech’s lack of depth at quarterback has been alleviated, thanks to rising redshirt sophomore Hendon Hooker ending his stint in the transfer portal and returning to the Hokies.

Hooker announced his decision on Thursday, tweeting out a classy statement and apology.

That’s about as professional as it gets. But Hooker has no reason to apologize.

“I apologize to (teammates) and my coaches if I appeared to have a lack of commitment in what we are trying to achieve here at Hokie Nation,” Hooker wrote.

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Hooker entered the transfer portal following his second season in the program after falling behind three guys at the quarterback position — Ryan Willis, Josh Jackson and Quincy Patterson. Though Jackson had already announced his transfer, Hooker decided he should look elsewhere.

Hooker has no obligation to apologize for his decision. Pursuing a transfer does not show a “lack of commitment” to anything, especially for a player in Hooker’s position. His dream is to no doubt play at the next level, and he cannot do that if he cannot see the field. Hooker couldn’t earn playing time in Blacksburg and he had every right to try and earn it elsewhere.

Fortunately, Virginia Tech’s players, coaches and fans seem to have welcomed Hooker back with open arms, as they should. There should be no hard feelings between any of them, and it’s time for Hooker to get back to work and try to climb the depth chart.

Hooker’s statement shows that the young man has about as strong a character as anyone in college football. He took ownership of the situation, apologized when none was needed, and thanked Tech for bringing him back into the fold. Even as an objective observer, it’s hard not to root for Hooker at this point.

In terms of the quarterback position, Hooker’s return adds another arm into the mix. While Willis and Patterson will still likely be the two top guys at the position, Hooker will be given every opportunity to crawl out of the basement. He’ll get plenty of spring reps at the position and should Willis or Patterson slip up, Hooker could slide into the starting role.

The primary benefit of having Hooker in Blacksburg is depth at the quarterback position. Even with Knox Kadum signing as a true freshman, Kadum can’t be counted on to play this season. Should Willis or Patterson go down, Tech needs to have another arm in the bullpen. Hooker will have had three offseasons in the program by that point and will be ready to serve if needed. At worst, Hooker is a valuable insurance policy guarding against what happened to Virginia Tech in 2018.

3 thoughts on “Hendon Hooker Returns to Virginia Tech With Class”

  1. agree, Ricky, one hundred percent. Classy return by HH to the fold. I really hope he can show us why he was recruited in the first place, and think he will.

  2. I agree. No need to apologize as he didn’t burn any bridges on the way into the portal. Just be cool and act like a pro.

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