Northwest Rankin High School linebacker Chris Booker (6-5, 225, 4.7), at one time, was mainly drawing recruiting interest from Mississippi State and Southern Miss.<P> However, the recruiting interest has changed since his season has ended. "Recruiting is really starting to pick up," Chris said.

In fact, recruiting has picked up so much for Chris that he has scheduled official visit with a couple of colleges. According to Chris,"I have official visits set up for Southern Miss on January 25th and Marshall University on January 18th."

Chris, one of the top linebackers in Mississippi and a member of the Clarion-Ledger's List of Top 40 Prospects in Mississippi, is also hearing from several other schools in addition to Southern Miss and Marshall. "I've recently talked to coaches from Louisiana Tech, Vanderbilt and Miss. State."

Chris is an excellent student who will have no problem qualifying.

Chris did not say if he is leaning to any school at this time.

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