One of the most physically imposing prospects to have participated in Michigan's battery of satellite camps thus far was 2018 Baltimore (Md.) Gilman TE/DE Thomas Booker. The 6-4, 250-pounder put his impressive blend of size and speed on display in front of Jim Harbaugh & company at Baltimore’s Patterson park last week, but chose to do so on only one side of the ball.
“(I was) exclusively at tight end today, but I play both positions so I'm ready for either," said Booker.
"So far (recruiting interest has) been a little bit more tight end, but people are looking at me both ways."
Michigan is courting the talented youngster as a jumbo athlete that can opt to play whatever his position of preference down the line. Right now it looks like there’s a good chance that will be tight end, and because of that the opportunity to work with Jay and Jim Harbaugh was very beneficial to the Wolverines’ chances.
"I thought they were fantastic,” Booker said. “Really good coaches and let you know what they wanted you to do. They were really informative about technique and I think I got better today in the short time I had to work with them."
"It was a great experience. I learned a lot. I got a lot of pointers on how to get out of my breaks and great competition too."
To date Booker has also picked up offers from "Maryland, Duke, Toledo, Pittsburgh, and Boston College, but doesn’t yet have a leader. That said, Michigan’s early entry into his recruitment along and the presence of his former high school coach Biff Poggi on the Wolverines’ staff has the Maize & Blue on strong early footing.
“Fantastic school, fantastic academics, fantastic football team,” Booker said regarding Michigan. “I'm really excited they're my first offer and I can't wait to get out there."
The talented youngster doesn’t yet know when he’ll visit Michigan (or any other suitors for that matter), but he does know the criteria he’ll use to choose which one to commit to when the time comes.
Said Booker, "Academics of course, fit with the school, and of course how I fit in with the football team."