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New Castle's Hooker commits to Ohio State

Written by Mike White on .

Malik Hooker is one of the best two-sport athletes in Pennsylvania for the upcoming school year. Next year, he will play one sport - at Ohio State.

Hooker, a senior at New Castle, made a verbal commitment to Ohio State earlier tonight. He will play football for the Buckeyes and he called Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to give him the news.

Hooker is certainly an interesting story. Last season was the first time he played high school football. By June, he had almost two dozen scholarship offers. Hooker is 6-2, 185 pounds. He plays receiver and defensive back at New Castle, but was recruited to play defensive back.

"When I went there for a visit, I got a spark that I haven't gotten when I went to other schools," Hooker said of Ohio State.

Pitt was his other top choice, but he also had offers from Penn State, Michigan and Nebraska, among others.

I've said on this blog before. He has scary athletic ability and it is probably easier to see on the basketball court. I've also said before he reminds me of Darrelle Revis in high school. I'm not saying Hooker will be as good as Revis. But Hooker is built similar to Revis in high school and he is a football-basketball standout, like Revis.

And I must give a shoutout to former New Castle football coach Gary Schooley, who told me during basketball season that he thought Hooker would be heavily recruited, despite his playing only one year of high school football. Good call, coach Schooley.

Look for more in tomorrow's Post-Gazette.

 

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