"I was only a sophomore but I remember thinking, ‘Man, I want to be like that guy.' He was so fast," Villasenor said Thursday afternoon.
While Booker, considered the nation's top prep running back out of Ventura, Calif., followed his dream and signed with Florida State last year, Villasenor, of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., would love the opportunity to follow his dream and attend FSU as well.
FSU's touch, of course, has expanded from coast to coast under coach Bobby Bowden.
The Seminoles' 2002 roster featured a quartet of Californians -- Booker, quarterback Chris Rix (Santa Margarita), wide receiver Dominic Robinson (Diamond Bar) and defensive tackle Travis Johnson (Sherman Oaks).
FSU's 2003 recruiting class nearly had a California feel as well, but the Seminoles lost highly-touted recruits Whitney Lewis (Ventura) and offensive lineman Kevin Brown (Long Beach Poly) on national signing day. The pair opted to remain close to home -- Lewis selected USC while Brown signed with UCLA.
While Villasenor has not been contacted by the Seminoles, he holds out hope. He also has options. Teams on Villasenor's list include Colorado State, California, LSU and Alabama. Villasenor camped at Colorado State last week and may by headed to San Diego State this weekend.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Villasenor, yes-sir, no-sir polite, is a talented cornerback/safety prospect who was named to the All-League team as a sophomore at Don Bosco Technical High before transferring to St Paul. As a sophomore, he totaled 42 tackles, two interceptions and one sack. Villasenor also averaged 21 yards a kickoff return along with a 16 yard average per punt return.
As a junior at St Paul, Villasenor totaled 36 tackles, three interceptions, broke up six passes and averaged 30 yards on kickoff returns. Has been clocked in the 4.5 range in the 40 and is currently carrying a 3.2 GPA with a 930 SAT score. Villasenor also doesn't turn 17 until next month.
Villasenor, who grew up a Seminole fan but fell in love with the program after watching the "Beyond the Glory" special on Deion Sanders, also has a FSU tie. His father, Sergio, Sr., was a noseguard at Wyoming and teammate of Walter Goffigan, an academic advisor at FSU. Villasenor also remembers watching Rix play in high school.
"I believe that California players want to play at Florida State because of the competitive nature that it provides and the long tradition it carries," Villasenor said. "Plus, coach Bowden is a legend and it would be great to play for a coach with all that experience.
"Also, every high school players' dream is to play in the pros and Florida State has a high turnout rate of players drafted in the pros."
A noted "football junkie," Villasenor's favorite hobby is predicting the NFL draft. He sets up his own "War Room" and tries to predict who gets selected and in what rounds. At the moment, however, Villasenor is working out with is prep teammates in preparation for the upcoming season.
FSU is not far from his mind.