Via Instagram Live, #12 Sam Hoover Announces Verbal to NC State for 2021

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#12 Sam Hoover of North Carolina Aquatic Club is the fourth NC State verbal commitment for their men’s class of 2025 and their third in the last couple of days. He’s also the second North Carolina-based swimmer that head coach Braden Holloway has kept in-state for this class.


  • 50y free – 20.30
  • 100y free – 44.43
  • 200y free – 1:37.84
  • 500y free – 4:32.32
  • 100y breast – 55.05
  • 200y breast – 2:00.74
  • 100y fly – 48.92
  • 200y IM – 1:48.78

With some of the best sprint freestyle times in the class, Hoover is also one of the better breaststrokers in the class, an area in which NC State needs new speed.

At the 2019 North Carolina 3A HS Championships, Hoover won the 100 free (44.62) and the 100 breast (56.06). This was a far faster result compared to his freshman year individual performance (21.76 in the 50 free finals, 1:01.00 in the 100 breast finals). On relays at the 2019 meet, Hoover anchored with times of 20.13 and 44.82. This past summer at the 2019 Speedo Junior Nationals, Hoover placed eighth in the 100 free (50.72) and 23rd in the 100 breast (1:04.01).

NC State’s class of 2025 is off to a very fast start. Considering that their best SCY times are from their sophomore year of high school, here’s a quick glimpse at the class so far, times-wise (their strengths are largely in sprint events):

50 free 100 free 200 free 100 back 100 fly 100 breast 200 IM
Arsenio Bustos 20.59 44.87 1:39.54 49.43 50.50 55.38 1:48.35
Aiden Hayes 19.73 45.15 47.26 46.54
Garrett Boone 20.26 44.82 1:36.65 50.19 48.65 1:47.49
Sam Hoover 20.30 44.43 1:37.84 48.92 55.05 1:48.78

Hoover will suit up with #2 Aiden Hayes, #9 Garrett Boone, and #17 Arsenio Bustos in NC State’s class of 2025. Notably, the Wolfpack’s first four commits are all part of our early Top 20 rankings from May.

See below for Hoover’s first Instagram story post teasing his announcement and then a screenshot from right after he announced. Hoover also shared that his final top choices were NC State, Indiana, and Alabama; three of the hottest sprint destinations in the country right now.

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1 year ago

3 guys to NC state in one day! Must be something special happening with that program and looks to be more to come in the future!

Silly illy
Reply to  Swimmer
1 year ago

When do these guys find out that their initial offers aren’t going to be what they sign to on signing day?

Reply to  Silly illy
1 year ago

Why do you say that? The coaches change offers once you verbally commit?

Le Monke
1 year ago

Youngest commit? He’s 15 currently.

1 year ago

Sam is awesomeness!

Reply to  scantron
1 year ago

Such a dog

1 year ago

Probably the coolest swimming commitment ever.

Reply to  Facts
1 year ago

Or a gimmicky publicity stunt. To each his own.

Reply to  Blaize
1 year ago

Oh give me a break. Whats with people on this site? An instagram live video isn’t the peak of vanity. I think its pretty cool to get live responses and it looks like his friends did too. Be happy for the kid.

1 year ago

Oh boy NC State is loading up.

Le monke
1 year ago

The future of NC State is bright👀

1 year ago

Anotha one

Silent Observer
1 year ago

NCState racking in the top recruits… There won’t be many left in the top 20 rankings NOT w/ coach Holloway before long

Reply to  Silent Observer
1 year ago

first time i have seen 21 down & Up votes . Original answer too

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