2014 Receiver Booth Earns Offer On UI visit

The Fighting Illini football coaching staff continues to bring in top prospects for unofficial visits during spring practices, and its efforts are not limited to upcoming seniors. Indianapolis Pike 2014 receiver Dominique Booth watched Monday's practice. He is on a tour of Midwest schools and received an Illini offer while visiting.

Dominique Booth had a breakout sophomore season as a receiver for Pike High School in Indianapolis.

"I had 46 catches for 585 yards and five touchdowns."

He believes 2012 will be a big year for his school.

"Our team is very good. We were basically all sophomores and juniors starting. We had only about four senior starters, so next year we should be really good. Last year was a rebuilding year, I guess you could say."

Booth has been on a tour of Midwest schools during his spring break.

"Thursday I visited Michigan State and Michigan, and Michigan State offered me that day. I visited Notre Dame Friday, then Northwestern Saturday. Yesterday I visited IU, and today (Monday) I'm here. Illinois just offered me, so everything's been going great."

The 6'-1", 190 pounder is another in a long line of Pike standouts. He is pleased to receive so much college attention.

"Yeah, it's very exciting because there are a lot of kids at my school who are recruited highly. I guess it's my turn now."

Booth thinks highly of Illini head coach Tim Beckman and his staff.

"I think they are great coaches. Coach Beckman, his morals and everything, he's trying to come here and turn everything around. I think he's doing a good job so far.

"We talked about how they only had a month or two to do their recruiting last year, so they only brought in one receiver. But he's going to bring in the right guys and turn this program around. His background at Toledo with the passing offense looks very exciting. I'm looking forward to see what they do here."

He is also familiar with assistant Alex Golesh, and he is becoming familiar with his new recruiting coach Tim Banks.

"Coach Banks is my recruiting coach. I didn't know that until today. I guess they switched around because I thought Coach Golesh was mine. I've spent more time talking to Coach Beckman and the receiver coach (Billy) Gonzales."

Booth already has a good idea what he wants in a college.

"I want to to do pre-med in college, so that's something I'm looking forward to. And then location, coaching staff, just the atmosphere of the program and everything. Offensive strategies matter."

His athletic talents are used for more sports than just football.

"I also play basketball. We went to the state championship this year. We lost out to Carmel. I was a sophomore, so I didn't get a chance to play in the games. Basketball is not my real sport.

"I did track last year, but this year I plan on doing AAU basketball. That takes a lot of time."

One more trip is on the agenda before classes resume.

"Wednesday I'll be going to Kentucky. My mom lives right by Kentucky. That's my last stop."

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