New Castle's Malik Hooker commits to Ohio State

Chris Harlan
| Monday, July 29, 2013, 9:51 p.m.

New Castle's Malik Hooker, a multi-sport athlete for the Red Hurricanes, verbally committed Monday to play football for Ohio State. Hooker had more than two dozen scholarship offers and chose the Buckeyes over Pitt, said New Castle football coach Joe Cowart.

The 6-foot-2 senior has played just one season of varsity football, but his leaping ability and athleticism drew the attention of college coaches during a recruiting process that intensified just recently.

Ohio State assistant Luke Fickell recruited Hooker to play defensive back.

“It's been a whirlwind,” Cowart said. “I think it's a good decision for him. ... Nothing against Pitt, but he's been leaning Ohio State's way.”

In basketball, Hooker averaged 17.2 points for the two-time defending WPIAL champion and was part of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Terrific 10.

Chris Harlan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at charlan@tribweb.com or via Twitter @CHarlan_Trib.

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