Redshirt freshman defensive tackle K'Hadree Hooker has transferred from N.C. State to East Carolina. Hooker, who's from Kinston, wanted a chance to play, Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren said Friday.
"He was just buried in the depth chart and he felt like he was going to struggle getting on the field," Doeren said. "He's a great kid and we love him but he just came in and said he really wants to play."
Doeren said he called ECU coach Ruffin McNeill to help Hooker. The 6-foot, 307-pound lineman will have to sit out this season under NCAA transfer rules. He will have three seasons of eligibility at ECU.
N.C. State faces ECU this season but not again during Hooker's career, Doeren said, which is why he allowed Hooker to transfer to a school on the Wolfpack's schedule.