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February 5, 2014

Malik Hooker could be the sleeper of the class

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Malik Hooker
Defensive Back
6-foot-2, 183 lbs.
New Castle (Pa.)
New Castle Senior
Status: Unsigned

Most of the members of the Ohio State class were known quantities through the process and Malik Hooker was really the only one to come out of left field and emerge at the last second. Hooker was known as being a tremendous athlete but maybe a little short on a football background but that didn't stop the Buckeyes from keeping tabs and eventually pulling the trigger. Hooker's offer list may be a little bit better than his ranking shows and he could end up being the steal of the class if he realizes even half of his potential.
Scouting Report: "Hooker has sort of been the forgotten man in this class for the Buckeyes because his time on the radar was short and led to a quick commitment. With that being said, the need at safety in this class was substantial and Hooker is one of the best run-and-jump athletes in a group loaded with impressive athletes. While still raw from a fundamentals stand point, once his mind catches up to his body, he could be a guy that could excel at either safety position or even wide receiver." - Givler

"Malik is an excellent athlete. He's a former basketball player and he's got all of the physical tools that you look for in a safety. It's the above the shoulders things that he's got to work on and he's going to be a year or two away from significant playing time but once he learns his responsibilities and how to process information and read and react correctly, he's going to be a great playmaker for Ohio State down the line." - Mid-Atlantic analyst Adam Friedman

New Castle (Pa.) athlete Malik Hooker recently got his letter of intent in at Ohio State and is now ready to turn the page in his life to being a college football player. He won't enroll until the summer but everything is official here on National Signing Day and he couldn't be any happier with his decision.

"It's a great feeling because I know I made the right decision and became a part of a great tradition and family," Hooker said about being an official Buckeye.

Hooker's recruitment may not have been one of the more-watched recruitments of the Ohio State class of 2014 but he took away some special moments, especially once he emerged on the scene of the Ohio State nation. "(My favorite part was) getting all those calls from reporters and from the websites when I committed," Hooker said.

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