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Blue Chip Chat with New Castle's Malik Hooker

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Post-Gazette writer Mike White spoke with New Castle football standout Malik Hooker for today's Blue Chip Chat. Click here to read the story.

2013 0813NewCastleHooker(Photo: Malik Hooker of New Castle High School is a two-sport athlete who has verbally committed to Ohio State as a defensive back. Peter Diana/Post-Gazette)

THE SCOOP
Hooker's story is one of a player on the rise. He didn't play high school football until his junior year, and then rose to a guy who had two-dozen scholarship offers in less than a year. Until his junior season of 2012, the previous time Hooker played football was in eighth grade. But he showed so much talent, athletic ability and potential that he turned into a major-college prospect. On a team that didn't pass much, he led New Castle in receptions with 13 for 333 yards (25.6 average), rushed for 257 yards on 27 carries and was excellent at defensive back. Hooker is one of the best two-sport athletes in the state. He also is a standout in basketball and made the Post-Gazette Fabulous 5 in the spring. He also could have been a Division I prospect in basketball.