Booker Caps Exciting Season

Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary captured the Ohio Division-III state title Saturday, defeating Bellevue 42-21. Junior linebacker Dante Booker, who holds several offers, impressed during the game.

Junior linebacker Dante Booker was one of the keys to Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary's 42-21 win over Bellevue in the Ohio Division-III title game last Saturday.

Booker, 6-foot-3, 215-pounds, holds offers from the likes of Michigan, Ohio State, Nebraska, Penn State, and others. He exhibited good speed and the ability to find the football in the title game.

"We played great defense today, especially in the second half," Booker stated. "We have a very tight-knit team, and this was our goal all year long. We went up against three offensive players of the year the past three weeks, and that really motivated us."

"This championship means everything to me, and I'm at a loss for words," he added. "They moved the ball on us early, but once we got comfortable with what they were doing, we were able to shut them down. Our goal for next year is to get back here and win it again, and that will be my number-one priority."

All season long, Booker has stressed that he was not at all concerned about recruiting, because his team came first. Where will things go from this point?

"I'm still just looking forward to high school, and I'm not sure about what visits I might take this summer at all," he explained. "I will probably start looking closer at it as I get to my senior season."

Booker couldn't help but notice that Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and most of the Buckeye staff stood watching the game on the St. Vincent-St. Mary sideline.

"I saw them all standing there during the game, and it was definitely awesome having them come out to watch us play," Booker stressed. "I have to say that felt great seeing them there the whole game, and that had all our guys really pumped up."

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