Ohio State safety Marcus Hooker was arrested earlier this month due to operating a vehicle while impaired. Head coach Ryan Day commented shortly after regarding the incident.
Now, body cam footage from the arrest was released on Tuesday. Hooker was suspended from team activities after the arrest. The video shows Hooker asleep in a car outside a Mcdonald’s.
The report states that Hooker, 21, refused a breathalyzer at the scene after being pulled over. Hooker will be arraigned on a misdemeanor charge on Friday. Before that, Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day was asked about the safety at his virtual media availability prior to Ohio State beginning their spring practice.
“Yeah, we’re very disappointed and take what happened very seriously,” Day said. “We’re going to let the process play out. He is suspended right now indefinitely and we’ll kind of see as things move forward, we’ll make the decisions as we go. But we wanted to get all the information first before we did anything.”
Also according to a report from WBNS, this was not Hooker’s first citation regarding the law. In 2018, he was charged in his home state of Pennsylvania with “driving under the influence, disregarding traffic lanes, careless driving, no rear lights and the purchase of an alcoholic beverage by a minor.” Hooker was suspended by the Buckeyes for the season-opener that season, and ended up redshirting.
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Hooker began the 2020 season as the Buckeyes’ starting safety. However. He was eventually beaten out by classmate Josh Proctor. Hooker is the younger brother of former Ohio State All-American safety Malik Hooker, who was a first-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts in 2017.
Hooker, a native of New Castle, Pa., was ranked as the No. 60 cornerback and the No. 660 overall recruit in the country in the 2018 class, according to the 247Sports Composite. He played five games as a redshirt freshman in 2019 and recorded five tackles.
In 2020, Hooker had 15 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery.
In addition to Proctor, the Buckeyes will welcome back the following players at safety: Third-year players Ronnie Hickman and Bryson Shaw, and second-year performers Lathan Ransom and Kourt Williams.
“Hooker is valuable to have around due to the experience he has,” Bucknuts’ Dave Biddle wrote of Hooker last month. “Even though he struggled in a starting role, depth is always important and he should be a better player in his fourth season.”
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We’ll see if Hooker gets another chance with the Buckeyes, as it doesn’t sound like he’s in a great spot right now.
247Sports’ Sam Marsdale and Bucknuts contributed to this story.