A 6-3, 203-pounder with a strong arm, good leadership skills and intelligence on and off the field, Booker says in the end Auburn was always where he wanted to be.
"Auburn was the school that was on my heart," Booker tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I couldn't find a better situation anywhere in the country I don't think. I like Stanford, but I don't see myself staying in California for four years. I like Georgia Tech, but I need to get out of Atlanta. They just didn't impress me like Auburn did.
"Coach Price (Terry Price) did a real good job recruiting me and Coach Ensminger (Steve Ensminger). I also liked speaking with Coach Tuberville (Tommy Tuberville). They are just real down to earth people. I wasn't even nervous when I was speaking to them. They seemed real cool and into you.
Calvin Booker gets set to throw a pass.
A visitor to an earlier summer camp on the Auburn campus along with his teammates for a 7-on-7 passing camp, Booker caught the eye of everyone in attendance with his strong arm and ability to make plays in the clutch. Leading his team to the championship, Booker's play that weekend is what eventually earned him a scholarship offer from the Tigers and allows him to play in front of his parents each and every weekend in college, something that is important to him. After considering Notre Dame and Northwestern in addition to Stanford and Georgia Tech, the intangibles Auburn presented along with the geography made it the easy choice.
"My parents never miss any of my games and I want it to stay like that," Booker says. "I can count the number of games they have missed on one hand and that's probably because I didn't tell them. That means a whole lot to me, having them somewhere in the stands. I'll know exactly where they are going to be."
Splitting time last season at quarterback along with Alabama State signee Joshua Chappell, Booker threw for 1,319 yards and eight touchdown and added 320 yards on the ground. Finishing the season 5-5, Mays had one of the more successful seasons in recent memory and Booker hopes that continues into this season. Despite having his fifth head coach in four seasons of high school football, the dazzling passer says that he's confident his team can build on the success they had this summer and make the playoffs for the second straight year.
A strong student with a 3.5 grade point average and a score of 1010 on the SAT, Booker is the definition of a student-athlete and takes his studies seriously. It's no wonder then that one of the keys of his decision was Auburn's academic support personnel, and one person in particular.
"The thing that got me the most was when I spoke with Virgil (Virgil Starks), the academic advisor," Booker notes. "He really impressed me. Auburn is a tier one school so I won't be missing anything academically. I'm supposed to be going down there later on this week to visit the business program. Virgil ran it down to me. He talked to me for about an hour, me and my father. Auburn is just where I want to be. I pretty much knew that's where I wanted to be before all this started. When the call came I was happy.
"I know that I wouldn't want all this pressure and outside affiliations messing with me throughout the season," he adds. "Now I can just go out and focus on the other 10 people that are going to be on the field with me. I won't really have to worry about this anymore. I'm where I want to be. There was no point in me waiting until February or even December."
Booker recently returned from a Nike sponsored quarterback camp in Las Vegas, where he showed his arm is among the best in the country in a session that brought top quarterbacks to the UNLV campus for a passing clinic.