Quarterback Hitting It Big On Summer Circuit

This soon-to-be senior has offers coming in every day from some of the top colleges in the country.

Atlanta, Ga.--Sometimes a player uses the summer camp circuit to make his name known and that is just what Mays High quarterback Calvin Booker has done since his visit to Auburn in May for the Nike Football Training Camp and later at a team passing camp.

Measuring in at 6-3, 203 pounds and showing a an exceptionally strong arm and coachability, Booker has set the recruiting world on fire and has been hearing from schools all over the country since his showing.

"After the Nike Camp it started getting hectic," Booker tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "That's when I really got my name out. It's starting to pick up now. I'm enjoying what I'm hearing and I like what I'm seeing from schools."

A part-time starter since his freshman season, Booker and his teammates have been the victims of bad luck during their time at Mays. In four seasons the school is in its fifth head coach, something that has kept them from reaching their full potential. Still, Booker has been able to show colleges that he is one of the players to keep an eye on this season. Hearing from top schools from coast-to-coast, Booker says that he's already narrowed his list with one school getting a serious look.

Calvin Booker gets set to throw a pass.

"Right now my top five is probably Auburn, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Stanford and Notre Dame," Booker notes. "I love Auburn. I've been coming there for the last three years, plus I might come to a basketball game sometimes. Auburn is starting to feel more like home. This is the second hat I've won (winning teams of the passing camps win orange Auburn hats). We won one my tenth grade year. I like Auburn, plus I can come play at Auburn and my parents won't have to pay $3,000 to see me play every weekend. They can just come right down to Auburn, an hour down the road. That would be alright. I think I can get a full college experience at Auburn and really enjoy myself."

Splitting time with fellow quarterback Joshua Chappell last season (Chappell signed to play football at Alabama State), Booker led Mays to a 5-5 record and its first playoff berth since 1991. Forced to learn yet another offensive system and just one month into yet another coaching staff, Booker says that as long as the team stays together they will be fine this season.

"Between a set coaching staff and my friends it really can't get any better," he says. "I've been playing with them since I was a freshman and they step it up for me. I really don't have to work that hard. They make my job easier and I make their job easier. We both work together as a unit. We're just ready to suit up and make it real."

Playing in a 7-7 tournament format featuring some of the top programs in the region like Parkview, Tucker, Harrison and Opelika, Mays went through the competition undefeated to win the championship. Bonding through adversity, Booker says his team is coming together nicely and should be fun to watch this fall as they try to make a return trip to the playoffs.

"Winning it was great for our team comraderie," Booker notes. "We've only had our coaches for three or four weeks. We did our thing. It wasn't anything special on my part. The special thing was when I made a bad throw the guys still managed to come up with the catch. We came tight as a team. We became a rock. I don't think we can be stopped."

Tiger Ticket Extra: Booker's play this summer has earned him an invitation to the EA Sports Elite 11 workout camp to be held in Las Vegas, Nev., in late August. Booker is one of the top student-athletes in the South this year and will have his choice of a large number of schools in February.


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