Q&A With Alderson Broaddus Commit Charlie Hooker



By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting

Charlie Hooker1B/RHP Charlie Hooker had a breakout junior season at Upper Moreland HS earning a spot on the all-SOL American 1st Team. Hooker continued to impress this summer as a member of the Tri-State Arsenal leading to interest from a number of Division I and Division II programs. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound prospect, ranked No. 159 in the PA Class of 2014, recently announced his commitment to Alderson-Broaddus University.

Hooker discussed his decision to head to West Virginia for college and the process that led to that decision.

PBR: Where have you decided to attend college and why did you make this choice?

Hooker: I have decided to play baseball at Alderson-Broaddus University.  I chose AB for many reasons, but the main reason is because of their coaches. AB’s coaches stayed close in contact with me for such a long time and gradually made me feel that I was already becoming a member of their baseball team. AB has high expectations for the upcoming years and I feel like I can make a large impact to benefit the baseball program.

PBR: What other schools were you considering?

Hooker:
Other schools that I was considering were Morehead State, Farleigh Dickinson, Alabama State, East Stroudsburg and Millersville.

PBR: Was distance from home a factor in your decision?

Hooker: Distance was not a factor whatsoever. I was planning on attending college out of state because it offers new opportunities. Also, AB’s location in Philippi was a perfect fit for me and my lifestyle.

PBR: Where did the coaches first see you? How did your relationship develop with their coaching staff?

Hooker: Alderson-Broaddus’s coaches first saw me play at a showcase camp at West Virginia University. Our relationship started right off the bat. Coach Mallet and I kept in close contact throughout the camp and in the next few days. He contacted me right away and that’s where our relationship began. A few months later, I visited AB and met Coach Harrigan and from there I knew I was hooked.

PBR: What role do the coaches expect you to play your first year on campus?

Hooker: AB’s coaches expect me to play a large role for their baseball team next year. I’m coming in to compete for a spot anywhere on the diamond and to win baseball games.

PBR: What is your biggest strength as a player and how do you feel that will help your team?

Hooker: My biggest strengths as a player are my hitting, athletic ability and competitiveness. I feel like this will help the team because I will do whatever it takes for our baseball team to win games.

PBR: Who do you play for in the summer and what was your most memorable experience from this past summer?

Hooker: In the summer, I played for Tri-State Arsenal. My most memorable experience was playing with a new team and making friendships as the season went along. I also enjoyed traveling the United States playing at the coolest places and playing against the highest level of competition.

PBR: What is your current GPA?

Hooker: My current GPA is 3.2.

PBR: Now that you have your commitment out of the way, what are your goals both individually and for the team going into your senior season?

Hooker: My goals individually are to get better every single game and to work on things that I need to work on. The team goal for this season is to win and expect nothing less than a state championship.

PBR: How did Prep Baseball Report aid you in gaining exposure as a potential college baseball recruit?

Hooker:
PBR aided me because they recognized me as one of PA’s top baseball prospects. They helped to get my name out to the college baseball community and highlighted my successes on the field.

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