Malik Hooker Is Number 16

By Jeremy Birmingham on July 29, 2013 at 8:47p
165 Comments
Buckeyes nab another top athlete.

Ohio State has its newest commitment in the 2014 class as New Castle (Pa.) athlete Malik Hooker has committed to the Buckeyes tonight. 

The Malik Hooker File

  • Size: 6-2/185
  • Pos: ATH/DB
  • School: New Castle (New Castle, Pa.)
  • Composite Rating: ★★★
  • Composite Rank: 31 (ATH)

The Buckeyes first plan for Hooker, the 6-foot-2, 185 pound athlete who committed to Ohio State over the likes of Michigan, Penn State, and Pittsburgh. 

He was offered by Ohio State in May and immediately the Buckeyes vaulted into the top group for his services and his recruitment ends tonight.

Hooker is a dynamic athlete, starring in football and basketball at New Castle, and could have played either sport in college, but will only play football. His commitment gives the Buckeyes another versatile, explosive option that could play either side of the ball down the line. At the start of his Buckeye career, expect Hooker to line up as a safety, providing speed and athleticism in Ohio State's defensive backfield. 


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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

This is outstanding news!  Welcome to the Buckeye family!!  Time to celebrate some more!!
Go Bucks!!

 

superbuck's picture

Malik looks great but have we talked to that quarterback?

OH-IO

Crimson's picture

You know you could have edited your first comment before you replied to it.

hit_the_couch's picture

Can't believe the stuff people thumb down.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

Colorado Johnny's picture

It's like being in middle school all over again haha. Like little school girls. I'm hoping this gets over 100 down votes. Bring it on

acBuckeye's picture

We don't do that here.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Dude!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

Poison nuts's picture

Mark it!

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

GoBucksOSU's picture

2 commitments in 2 days. This is awesome!

Bucks's picture

Welcome aboard! Wasn't expecting this at all.

jmw's picture

Welcome Malik!
If you had Malik as part of this class please contact me in March as I'll need you to fill out my NCAA bracket!

jw

Bucks's picture

No kidding. Nice offer list & always great when a recruit spurns Hokey Pokey & Co.

Crimson's picture

Who's committing tomorrow?
I mean, welcome to the Buckeye family!  I need to watch your video.

Kaceybrown's picture

Alright, I'll do it. But don't expect me to make an impact for my first 4-5 years

JYBUCKEYE's picture

Lol. Don't sell yourself short bro!! +1

OurHonorDefend09's picture

GRAY BOXES OF POSITIVITY

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

Sin City Buckeye's picture

Wow,  went to the kitchen and came back and saw my Twitter time line blowing up and saw Jeremy's tweet!!! Welcome aboard!!!
 
Just finished watching his tape. He had some moves like Braxton Millers TD at Penn State. Sweet!!!

Is there a difference between Viper and Leo? "No, we just thought Viper sounded cooler."---Former Buckeye Coach Mike Vrabel

Haybucks's picture

Yeah, I thought the same at 1:20.  This is a good offense highlight film.  With Malik Hooker being considered for defense, it would be nice to see his defensive skills too.
 

I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.
- Edward Gibbon
 

Nick's picture

Surprise news for me don't remember hearing a bunch about him but welcome! Does this mean anything with our remaining targets numbers wise or does the staff know about more attrition

Killer nuts's picture

Welcome! Did not see this coming but a lovely surprise nonetheless 

osubuck57's picture

I'll be honest , don't know a lot about Hooker or his skill set. That being said, welcome aboard Malik!! Trust the staff. Didn't know he was so high on our board with Smith, Wilson, and others still out their.

SCOTTC.

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

 Any chance we can get some defensive highlights?  Excited anytime we land a top talent. I'll admit I don't know much about this kid, but I didn't know much about Terry McFly either.... gotta trust the man on this one.  

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

WELCOME to the Buckeye Nation Malik!!!  You're going to love playing at THE Ohio State University!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

Kevbo714's picture

Heck yeah! Welcome to the family!

Tom Crean listens to Nickelback...

pcuzz1's picture

Welcome to the family! Very interested to see how this class finishes out!

pat cozzens

Crimson's picture

My wife looked at my funny when I screamed, "WE GOT A HOOKER!"
but not really.

Idaho Helga's picture

Not to be a kill joy, but people don't pick their last names (well, or their first either) so you should apologize to our newest recruit.  Like he hasn't heard that insult before.   I too have a last name that draws quips and no, you aren't either funny or imaginative.  Certainly, if you were to make contact with our newest Buckeye, whom we are thrilled to have, you would not have made this comment face to face.  So don't do it here.  Your "but not really" is hardly noticeable and the damage is done.
 
 

painterlad's picture

Lighten up Francis.

To err is human. Really sucking requires having yellow stripes on your helmet.

Oyster's picture

What kind of quips do people make about Helga? 

rekrul's picture

I am guessing that is where the name sensitivity comes from...

Out Work, Out Think, Out Play!!!

Crimson's picture

I can't help you if you think that was an insult, but I'll try anyway:

Idaho Helga's picture

My last name via marriage, is Furbee. 24 years.  Kinda like those Furby dolls.  I actually have idiots (liike those whose would make "Hooker" jokes) ask me if I ever heard of them,  if my kids are furry and have pointy ears.
These names have 100's of years of history and I don't think you'd throw your family name under the bus for something silly from doofusses, which you are if you are of that ilk.
I still cannot fathom how you make comments on the internet that you would not make, face to face, and to insult a new recruit. 
Want to be a part of  an unrecruiting?  Keep trollin'
 
 

Crimson's picture

It's called a joke.  I'll remember not to tell one around you.

route4buckeye's picture

Welcome Malik! what does this mean for Erick Smith? if anything.

skid21's picture

I'm thinking he may take Brown's/Berrios spot. But what do I know. A 4* kid who Urban wants.

corveyer's picture

I still think there are two offensive skill spots open, one for Samuel, and one for one out of Brown/Gesikci/Berrios and in my opinion in that order. Tough call between Gesicki and Brown, but I say brown because of the lack of similar option in the current WR core, where as we already know the staff is very happy with Heuerman and Vannet. Plus people haven't talked about him much outside of getting in trouble but Baugh has a very similar skill set to gesicki. 

rampageripster's picture

His coach says Safety... I think this is actually because Quincy Wilson is all Florida.  I think the staff wants 4 DBs... Webb, Hooker, Smith, and Lattimore (who can play anywhere, but I think he sticks at corner)

Cause I couldn't go for three

KBonay's picture

Hope so.  1:09 of his film.  BOOM.

corveyer's picture

Hard to imagine a glenville kid getting shut out, I don't think it will affect anything as far as Smith and Lattimore are concerned. 

d1145fresh's picture

Welcome to the Dream 14!
Sidenote: Didn't one of the 11w guys predict Hooker to be apart of this class  couple of weeks ago in the recruiting notebook? I feel like he said Malik and everyone was like umm who? Just shows the 11 dubs guys are the best in the business. 
EDIT: Yep found the article here.

UrbanCulture's picture

Always good to have someone who can catch the football in the secondary! Looks pretty fast and athletic too. Welcome aboard!

corveyer's picture

Very surprised, but only because we haven't heard a ton about him. Watching his highlight tape makes this a no brainer on why they would accept his commitment. Another very athletic prospect who could play a few positions for Ohio State. Personally, I really like that the staff keeps targeting guys who they could play all over. I have suspected for a while that this class will end up being closer to 23-24 as opposed to 20-22. There are too many big time prospects who we know the staff wants to think that they don't know of some upcoming attrition. 
 

Knarcisi's picture

Payback for the shitty couple days of news to start last week!

berkeleybuckeye's picture

Is Lattimore the best prospect left that we have a chance at landing? 

berkeleybuckeye

Jordan Wagner's picture

Raekwon McMillan, Curtis Samuel and Damian Prince are all very highly rated. 

btalbert25's picture

Wow those 3 and Lattimore would be an awesome haul, and as things stand today it looks like all 4 could end up with the good guys right?  That would have to put this class right up there in the top 5 again right? 

cinserious's picture

I believe those four is all we have room for. Hope they all come through plus Erik Smith.

Gone ham, be back soon...

Jordan Wagner's picture

Our Mike Young was the only one of the four (Birm, Miles, Mike and I) to predict Malik Hooker to the Buckeyes. 

skid21's picture

247 now has 100% to OSU. What were the predictions an hour ago?

Jordan Wagner's picture

247 only has one prediction and it was made a while back for Ohio State. Mike's predictions were in Birm's article two weeks ago. A lot of people were wondering who Malik Hooker was back then. I guess Mike tried to tell us. 

skid21's picture

OK, thanks. I have to admit I was confused. I'm still confused about this commit. No chatter at all that I remember.

BABuckeye's picture

Looks like only 1 of 4 picked Meechy too. With so many surprises (like Knox and Hooker this week) it Seems like stats for picking the tOSU recruits are like baseball stats: if you're batting .400, you're as good as can be

bucks15's picture

Love those Grey Boxes!

AllDay028's picture

This is puzzling considering the space issues. But welcome aboard all the same.

House804's picture

You should the let the staff know how puzzled you are that they let a player commit that you've never heard of.  Since you know more than they do about attrition, team needs, and evaluating talent.  OMG should we be scared of Michigan too?  These posts are so freaking dumb.

We talkin' bout practice?!  Not the game I love...the game I die for.  Practice?!

BtownBuckeye's picture

In Urban I trust. Welcome Malik.

Baroclinicity's picture

Welcome to the Buckeye family!

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

1967Buck's picture

Welcome aboard young man. In Urban we trust. What a great day.

BuckNutInAnnArbor's picture

Niiice!   That play at 1:15... holy $%^&

"...but then again 'Michigan' and 'huge mistake' are synonymous so that shouldn't have been much of a surprise to anybody."  - Mark Titus

UrbanBuckeye's picture

Wonder who commits tomorrow. Lol. Have to think a guy like Chad Mavety or Curtis Samuel is next.

In Urban We Trust!

buckeyefutbol's picture

After watching his highlights, he looks like a perfect star once Marotti gets him.

"Lets beat the s*** out of M*******" -Urban Frank Meyer

TMac's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation Malik!

weimerad's picture

So who gets left out now? Smith, Noah Brown, Gesicki, a 6th OL?

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Of that group, either Gesicki or a 6th OL.

brobbins's picture

In Urban I trust. Not this time. I think this means no brown, Berrios, Gesicki, or 6th Ol. 

All I do is win

weimerad's picture

So in the case of a 6th OL if Mavety commits, which would make 5, then what happens with Prince? There's no way they stop recruiting him. IMO there are 4 spots saved for Lattimore, McMillan, Samuel and Prince. You don't say no to Prince

brobbins's picture

Right exactly. We say no to Mavety if Prince commits first. If Mavety wishes to commit first we may have to say yes

All I do is win

BABuckeye's picture

Smith has been called a package deal with Lattimore, so maybe 5 spots saved

Maestro's picture

Nice

vacuuming sucks

ToothBuck's picture

One can never have enough athletes. Welcome!!!

brband64's picture

I don't know what the hell this is, but I can't stop watching it/laughing.

DefendYoungstown's picture

It's kind of freaky...

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

Dr. House's picture

most of the clips are from a movie called jesus camp. mainly the trailer with raptor jesus superimposed on the camp leader. fascinating movie that is all i will say about it.

CowCat's picture

DAFOQ?  

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

HighBallAce's picture

What type of competition does Hooker face at New Castle? i'm sorry I'm not familiar with that district. Is it a 5A or a 3A school or what? I noticed that he is a 3* recruit which doesn't always matter but it doesn't tell the type of competition he's facing? I don't mean for my post to be skeptical of him as a player as it's not. I'm very happy to have another commit! I wonder if this is a result of maybe the freshman who was suspended for the season's spot coming open but then I wouldn't think that would have anything to do with opening another scholarship unless the young man has decided to play elsewhere and the coaching staff just hasn't made it public yet? I'm sorry I can't remember his name.

falconlax13's picture

New Castle is AAA. Its Western PA, which is pretty decent competition. Highest class is 4A. Obviously not on Ohio high school level but he is playing some good teams like Central Valley (where Robert Foster went) and Hopewell (Rushel shell). I live in the area (North Hills, 4A); hope this helps! Go Bucks

Bucks's picture

Thank you. Very helpful!

HighBallAce's picture

Thanks for the info!

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

So you put up a pic of him hooping it up? 
I'm just yanking your chains.  Great couple of days of recruiting especially against the fat ass coaches of the world.

Class of 2010.

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Having trouble finding a decent quality photo of him playing football. 

buckguyfan1's picture

Is it true last year was his 1st year playing football in high school? 
Edit:  Kid plays with an edge!  Not afraid to stick his nose in on tackles.

Hovenaut's picture

All good.

Welcome aboard, Malik.

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

tennbuckeye19's picture

Drew Carey approves.

HighBallAce's picture

Sometimes you have to wonder if we didn't invent that little hand gesture thingy to teach the piss and blue how to spell O-H-I-O and they got confused cause there was no one there to spell out S-T-A-T-E for them so they just call us Ohio.....lol

Crimson's picture

Wow, Drew Carey is starting to look a bit like Gee.
Also, Drew needs to learn form better; the girl in red gets it pretty well.

harleymanjax's picture

The girl in red would get it alright!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

GOSUBUcks's picture

yeah I watched that gif run through a few extra times for her sake

cinserious's picture

I paused it on the 'O'.

Gone ham, be back soon...

acBuckeye's picture

Didn't even notice Drew Carey until I read the comments..... the girl on the right in red caught my attention.

BassDropper's picture

I have seen this gift probably 100 times since it happened....today is the first time I noticed the bobblehead in the bottom right corner bwahahaa

DIRECTIONER

gbm's picture

I'm guessing the dude on the far left is his first game?? So many gems in this gif.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

I AM IN LOVE WITH A HOOKER

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

droessl's picture

Love it. Thought about using this one as well. 

umbyosu's picture

I'll take TOSU Commitments for a $1,000, Trabek!

Citrus's picture

Wow last two commits are welcome surprises 

Buck4Life's picture

After doing some YouTube searching I found that Malik made sportscenters top 10 plays on March 19th with a monster dunk. #5 Overal on that list

OSUStu's picture

Any video?

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

DefendYoungstown's picture

Welcome aboard Hooker!!!

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

AeroBuckeye2001's picture

The Ohio State University Class of 2001
BS Aero & Astronautical Engineering

biggy84's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation! Damn glad to have him!
 

jayt's picture

what in the f......is she having a seizure?!

droessl's picture

Ummm, you've heard of Seinfeld, right? 

jayt's picture

Guess I gotta remember to use the sarcasm font next time..

Buckeyeneer's picture

Little jerky kicks . . .

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes
THE Ohio State University

hit_the_couch's picture

That's the episode where they make fun of her dancing at the office Christmas party.
hahahaahahahahaha It's one of the funniest ones.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

rjohn1999's picture

Any recruit who wants to come to OSU and has a committable offer, better get onboard.

Rjohn1999

droessl's picture

Damnit! I fat fingered a DV. I feel shame. 

Goalscorer9's picture

Complete trust in Urban!  Welcome aboard!

 

Powers's picture

Hope Mark May doesn't hear that we have a Hooker on our team....

jvd253's picture

It's really Craig James that we should be worried about, AMIRITE?

"A guy from Ohio can make it in life if he works hard enough." - Wayne Woodrow Hayes

HighBallAce's picture

I think you mean Craig James....lol
Ahhh....you beat me to it! Upvote to you sir!

Silverbuck8's picture

Very pleasant surprise indeed.  We all knew there would be a surprise like last year, however I expected it to be closer to NSD.

Nkohl13's picture

Yeah that's true. You've never heard of him so he must suck. 

BassDropper's picture

17.Marshon Lattimore
18.Erik Smith
19.Raekwon McMillian
20.Curtis Samuel
21.Noah Brown
22.Damien Prince
23. Mike Gesicki
24.Thomas Holley
A lot of people have been saying 22 is how many we will be taking, but every year there is more atrition that you originally think there is going to be and I think a couple more spots open up.

DIRECTIONER

brobbins's picture

22 is the number they can't just give out more scholarships than they have

All I do is win

OSUStu's picture

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

Squirrel Master's picture

Craig James killed five hookers, but Malik aint one!
I admit it, don't know much about this kid. This is why I don't get into the prediction business.
All I know is, this adds to a class that s already special.
(At first I was like"16 recruits is a big class for basketball. Something ain't right.")

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

HotSauceCommittee's picture

Wow! Space is getting tight. If some of these players want in they have to be thinking about pulling the trigger. Obviously certain players will have a spot held, but other players like Mavety, Gesecki, Brown etc. have to be putting some serious thought into if  OSU is where they want to be. I think the timing of Knox's commitment was perfect and created a sense of urgency. 
I wouldn't doubt if we see another surprise or two straying away from our expected lists. Man, does Urban make this fun. Welcome aboard Mr. Hooker!

Brutus Forever's picture

congrats and welcome to buckeye nation!

"I learned to dislike Michigan at a very young age.” – Urban F. Meyer

DannyBeane's picture

A commitment tonight is the last thing i was expecting after Knox's commitment.

dubjayfootball90's picture

Interesting. I never really heard his name thrown around the water cooler. Going to look at his film more now.
Congrats on pulling the trigger, Mr. Hooker. Welcome to the family and get ready for 'The Chase'!

BayArea_Buckeye's picture

I wonder why he's a composite 3-star. 
ESPN, 247, and Scout has him at 4-star, with Rivals as the only 3-star rating

MN Buckeye's picture

Welcome to the family, Malik!

Yamosu's picture

Great grab.  Whose the qb?

hit_the_couch's picture

Aren't we running out of schollies? 16 guys already, and I though this class was supposed to be around 18?

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

Gametime's picture

Nah HIT, around 22-24. We've basically got 4 spots on hold (McMillan, Samuel, Lattimore, Smith) which would put us at 20 and leave room for another OL or ATH - possibly JuJu Smith, Chad Mavety, and Damien Prince.

...I too dream in color and in rhyme
So I guess I'm one of a kind in a full house
Cause whenever I open my heart, my soul or my mouth
A touch of God rains out...

Buckeyeneer's picture

Can't wait until the scholly ban burns off. I try to think positive, like that it's kind of like reserving 3 recruiting spots for 2015.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes
THE Ohio State University

Urban Nation Army's picture

21-23

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

zbd's picture

The most athletic Hooker I've seen in a long time.  Now we have Dante Booker to go along with Malik Hooker.

tae1986's picture

Oh wow!! Welcome to Buckeyenation!!!
Can't wait for 11W Community Interview Questions: New Castle (Pa.) Ath Malik Hooker!!

Remind yourself, Nobody built like you, You designed yourself.

Yamosu's picture

I am not going to claim to be an expert on hookers, but this one is definitely a "catch".

ODEEZ330's picture

One of the best players in pa this yr. Sneaky good pick up. Kids a big time athlete and western pa has some great football. I'm sold on the kid . In aoldl

O'Deez330
stark county football

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Good point. PA is having a quiet year, relatively speaking, on the recruiting front without the likes of Foster, Brenneman, etc. so I haven't heard as much chatter about their class. It doesn't mean there's not talent there and this is a good example. Hooker's best football is ahead of him. He reminds me of Darron Lee with height and range. Should be a beast on special teams and gives us depth in the defensive backfield where, lets' be honest, we cannot be sure all these guys are going to land. May free up Lattimore (fingers crossed) to play on offensive side as well.

Danify's picture


First Meechy Knox ... now Malik "T.J." Hooker. Pumped! Welcome to Buckeye Nation.

CowCat's picture

Welcome aboard, Malik!
Best of luck in life, love, education and football.   In that order :)

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

pjtobin's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation, Malik. 
 
I don't follow recruiting very heavily. So I only have heard of a small handful of recruits. It makes gray boxes that more special. Some are a total surprise. And some are not. Either way its a gray box. So I am excited. Great job coaching staff. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

rightfield's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation, Malik. Have a awesome senior year and see you on signing day.

Its good to be the king

WezBuck28's picture

Ahhhhh....gray box!! Can't get enough of yo love baby! Welcome to buckeye nation young man!!

NashvilleBuck's picture

No Complaints here. He wouldn't have received an offer if he didn't earn it with UFM. Looks fast and is a hitter on D. I like the pickup! #BUCKEYENATION

IBleedSandG's picture

Malik looks to have pretty good ball skills, but he looked a step or two slow on the film to play WR. I think S will be a good fit for him.
Welcome aboard, Hooker!

We don't give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, we're from O-HI-O!

BuckeyeSouth's picture

Welcome aboard, Malik.  Glad to have you as a member of our 2014 class.

Embrace it.

raki's picture

Welcome to the buckeye family Sir.

WhySoSerious's picture

Late to the party but i'll express my excitement anyway.

Rare&Uncommon

Like the ball in the stands, we balls out