Zach Hooks started the 2009-10 school year at Charleroi High School armed with a full scholarship offer from the University of Pittsburgh football team. The 6-7, 290 junior has the size and footwork of a major Division I offensive lineman.
Hooks struggled through the Cougars' football season despite Charleroi coming this close to making the WPIAL Class AA playoffs from the Interstate Conference, which produced WPIAL champion and PIAA runner-up Greensburg Central Catholic. The possible Division I lineman failed to make his all-conference team.
A starting center as a sophomore on Charleroi's basketball team, Hooks never appeared in a game for the Cougars and reports surfaced that he transfered to Aliquippa. http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/valleyindependent/s_661442.html
On Jan. 12, Scout.com did a feature story on Hooks, who was participating in the U.S. Army Scouting Combine in San Antonio, Texas and refers to him as "Charleroi (Pa.) junior offensive tackle/defensive tackle."
Judging from today's Post-Gazette, it's safe to say the Valley Independent's story on the Aliquippa transfer was correct.http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10020/1029548-364.stm