New Castle’s Hooker drafted by Indianapolis Colts

Ohio State safety Malik Hooker (24) celebrates his interception against Clemson with teammate Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (WYTV) – New Castle High School graduate and former Ohio State standout Malik Hooker was selected #15 overall by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday.

A standout safety, Hooker is the 15th local player to be selected and the first former Red Hurricane in 37 years to be picked in the first round.

New Castle native Bruce Clark, a former Penn State Defensive Lineman, was the fourth overall pick back in 1980 but he chose to play in the CFL over the Green Bay Packers.

In his final season with the Buckeyes, Hooker piled up seven interceptions, three of which he returned for touchdowns — a school record.