By NEMCC Media Relations
BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College sophomore defensive tackle Lavon Hooks of Atlanta has received some high praise from JCGridiron.com.
In its November 28 story entitled, “JUCO defensive tackle list is best ever,” which features the top defensive tackles across the country, Hooks was named the top defensive tackle in not only the Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges (MACJC) but in entire country.
Hooks leads a list of 25 defensive tackles that are expected to see significant playing time at the four-year level next season.
Hooks’ election as the top defensive tackle in the country also solidifies the point of the Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges (MACJC) being one of the toughest leagues in America with four of the top six defensive tackles in the country hailing from Magnolia State schools.
Hooks joins East Mississippi’s Jarran Reed (third) and Darious Cummings (fifth) along with Northwest Mississippi’s Jerome McClain (sixth) on the list.
Also making the list from the MACJC includes Mississippi Gulf Coast’s Chris Mayes (eleventh) and Hinds’ David Washington who was sixteenth on the national list.
In the article that features bios on the top 10 players on the list, JCGridiron.com Publisher Brad Hoiseth said, “Northeast Mississippi may have the top overall player in the nation in top-rated defensive tackle Lavon Hooks…”
Hooks made a dramatic improvement from year one in Booneville to his second year with the Tigers.
During his sophomore campaign, Hooks was named to the MACJC All-State first tame and the NJCAA All-Region XXIII team as well as being honored as the Most Valuable Defensive Lineman in the Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges (MACJC).
Hooks was tied for second in the Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges (MACJC) and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XXIII in sacks during the 2012 season when the Atlanta native finished with 9.5 sacks for the Tigers.
On the year, Hooks tallied 51 tackles – 18 solo stops and 33 assists. Hooks’ 6.4 tackles per game were second on the Tiger roster.
With his 9.5 sacks on the year, Hooks tallied 51 yards against the opposing offense and came away with three fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles for the Tigers.
Hooks’ 20.5 tackles for loss on the year saw the Northeast sophomore finish second in the nation in the category.
During his two years in Booneville, Hooks saw action in 15 games for the Tigers racking up a total of 81 tackles (38 solos and 43 assists) to go along with 23.5 tackles for loss for 107 yards and 10.5 sacks.
Hooks also forced five fumbles, recovered three fumbles and had a pair of pass breakups while anchoring the defensive line for the Tigers.