Margin Hooks: From Receiver to Personal Trainer
Background: What comes to mind when you hear the name Margin Hooks? For starters, he was the number 2 all-time receiver in BYU history in total yards when he finished his career. Ranked the 5th best WR at BYU of all time by Deseret News. He was a red-shirt freshman on a team that won an NCAA record 14 games, and finished with a national ranking of 5th in the country, 2nd only second to the 1984 National Championship team.
He played an integral role on the next 3 teams BYU would field. He played alongside another great BYU receiver in Jonathan Pittman. He finished his BYU career having played for a few QB’s.
Margin’s best year with BYU came as a junior, when he led the MWC with 1,067 yards receiving and a league leading 97.0 yards a game. He finished his career with 2,841 yards, only behind Eric Drage for #1 all-time. Also finished with 189 receptions, 2nd all-time, and only 15 receptions behind Bellini’s record of 204.
Cougar Access got a chance to sit down with Margin to talk about his career, his life now, and some very interesting recruiting information about BYU. Here’s what he told us:
Margin is currently working as a personal trainer for some of the top wide receivers in the country in Texas. His website he uses to promote the kids he’s training is; starsundercounstruction.com. He became passionate about helping kids reach their dreams of landing scholarships to division 1 football school’s after he went through what he calls “The backdoor route” of the NFL.
Margin went undrafted out of BYU, but was able to make special teams in the NFL. He played for the Bucs, Dolphins, in the AFL, and the CFL.
Currently Margin has great connections with many coaches throughout the country, including BYU Wide Receiver’s Coach Guy Holliday. According to Margin, coaches call him on the regular and talk to him frequently about who the best receivers are that he’s working with. Being in Texas, there’s no shortage of elite football talent. Margin is currently working with some of the best in the country. The 3 receivers he highlighted are Charleston Rambo, Aaron Denson and Zach Farrar; 3 prospects BYU has their eyes on.
Guy Holliday is currently flying down to Texas to meet with these three recruits. BYU has offered one of them (Rambo) and are pursuing the other two.
Charleston Rambo, 2017; 6’2” 170 lb. Wide Receiver that runs a 4.5 40-time.
Currently Rambo is a 4-star recruit according to Rivals and Scout.com. He holds offers from 10 Division 1 schools including Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Arizona State, BYU and others. Rambo is currently listed as the 4th best receiver in Texas and the 17th nationally.
Margin’s Breakdown; “Rambo is a long, rangy athlete. Great ball skills, smooth and effortless route running. Creates separation at the top of routes, has game speed. This is the type of kid who could win the Biletnikoff Award, he’s that good.”
Aaron Denson, 2016; 5’11” 175 lbs. Wide Receiver that runs a 4.5 40-time.
Currently Denson is listed as a 2-star recruit according to Rivals and Scout.com. He holds an offer from Alcorn State. He has garnered interest from UCF, and Kansas (updated as of this morning) He is currently unranked in the state of Texas and nationally at the position.
Margin’s Breakdown; “Denson is an excellent route runner. Very elusive with his release, and gets in and out of breaks well. Has formidable speed and is a definite mismatch in the slot.”
Zach Farrar, 2016; 6’3” Wide Receiver that runs a 4.51 40-yard dash. Currently Farrar is a 3-star recruit according on top-recruiting services rivals and scout.com. He holds offers from 20 Division 1 schools including Texas Tech, Washington, and Nebraska. He is gaining interest from UCLA and USC. Farrar is currently listed as the 12th best receiver in Texas.
Margins Breakdown; “Farrar has some nasty in him. I told Guy Holliday when I spoke to him that BYU needs some nasty in their receivers. A bulldog who will eat your lunch, and who tosses cornerbacks around like ragdolls. Farrar is that kind of kid. If you watched BYU against Michigan, their receivers struggled with the physical man-press defense Michigan’s corners played. Farrar is physical, and can handle that type of physicality. Farrar is a big, strong, aggressive receiver. He is capable of taking take the top off of defenses. Because of a mix of power and quickness, he’s almost impossible to press. Legit 4.4 laser speed.”
Moving forward, Margin will continue to train receivers and DBs. Cougar Access is partnering with Margin Hooks to drive the top talent in the country to Texas to compete against the best at every skill position. Margin already has cultivated relationships and respect from major D1 coaches all over the country including; Guy Holliday at BYU, Aaron Roderick at Utah, Jim Mora at UCLA, Steve Sarkisian at USC, Gary Patterson at TCU, and other top coaches across the country! Being a former Cougar, Margin is playing a big role in helping BYU land the best talent in the country, particularly in Texas. He’s providing BYU a pipeline to work with, in a state stocked with amazing talent; and he’ll continue to be this pipeline well into the future.