Hooker Adds To Loaded Class

By Jeff Rapp, July 27th, 2017

Ohio State’s 2018 football recruiting class is filling up quickly. Still, apparently there was room for a legacy – especially one who is a premier athlete.

Marcus Hooker, younger brother of recently departed OSU All-American and current Indianapolis Colts corner Malik Hooker, received a scholarship offer this week and needed less than 24 hours to accept.

He’s now a promised member of the program.

A three-star defensive back who, like Malik, came into prominence as a New Castle, Pa., prep star, Marcus has been labeled a three-star prospect but has a considerably high ceiling because of his raw

The 6-foot, 185-pounder elevated in the minds of the OSU coaches after working out for them in person at the school’s Friday Night Lights showcase last weekend. He arrived with offers from Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Temple, Cincinnati and West Virginia – and others – in his pocket. By Wednesday he had an offer from co-defensive coordinators Greg Schiano and Kerry Coombs – with head coach Urban Meyer’s blessing, of course.

According to the 247Sports composite, Hooker is considered the 52nd-best cornerback and No. 587 prospect overall in the Class of 2018.

Marcus has plenty of reason to grab at the chance to be a Buckeye after watching Malik rack up 84 tackles, seven interceptions, 5.5 tackles for a loss and a school-record three interceptions returned for a touchdown in his redshirt sophomore year at safety, prompting him to be selected 15th overall in the NFL draft.

Hooker becomes the 16th member of Ohio State’s 2018 recruiting class, which so far is considered tops in the nation. He will join Florida four-star recruit Sevyn Banks at the position. Some analysts believe Hooker projects as a safety at OSU.