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Big 12, ACC, Big Ten, AAC visits coming for New Castle (Pa.) High's Marcus Hooker

New Castle (Pa.) High cornerback Marcus Hooker talks about the four visits he plans to make this spring.

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Cornerback Marcus Hooker of New Castle (Pa.) High is yet to set visits, but there are four schools on his mind.

West VirginiaOhio StateCincinnati and Penn State are each on Hooker's list, and for a variety of reasons, but since basketball season just ended, he is going through his calendar now.

"We're deciding on which days I should come," Hooker said.

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He knows Penn State well. His brother, Malik Hooker, starred at Ohio State, and former Ohio State assistant Luke Fickell is the head coach at Cincinnati. West Virginia is more an an unknown..

"Ohio State is trying to get me up to the school so I can see the places I didn't get a chance to see when I was with my older brother," Hooker said. "They want me to see things I didn't see there yet. I learned a lot (through Malik) and I know about their facilities."

When thinking about Ohio State, Hooker said a few things pop into his mind.

"I think about a whole bunch of great players on one team, and how hard they work at practice, and how much they do on the field," Hooker said. "I think about how they do it."

Hooker does not hold offers from Ohio State or Penn State, but the spring evaluation period could change that. He certainly knows what Penn State and Ohio State are about, though, and he is looking forward to his next visit to State College, Pa.

His contact is assistant coach Terry Smith, who spoke to Hooker about being a January 2018 enrollee.

"He was very honest with me with everything, and he told me how everything was," Hooker said. "I took a visit down there and I loved it. Honestly, the funnest place and the greatest facility I've seen. There is a great education there.

"He was honest with me about if I were to commit and come there early, or if I would stay and play basketball."

Hooker is participating in a 7-on-7 in West Virginia, and he plans on making the trip to campus before the event.

"I've been talking to (safeties) coach (Matt) Caponi for a while," Hooker said. "I watched a few games. They play a (3-3-5) a little bit and they would switch it to a cover-2 or a cover-4 sometimes."

The Cincinnati angle is interesting because of Fickell's move from the Buckeyes.

"I know him well because I talked to him throughout my brother's recruiting process," Hooker said. "He's a pretty good guy, and he's been honest with me throughout the whole process. I have so much trust in him. I can't wait to get there and see it."


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