Booker has played spot roles in his three seasons with the program, but could find himself more involved in the linebacker corps when the 2011 season arrives.
In this installment of "Know the Knights," ScarletReport.com takes a closer look at Booker:
2011 Eligibility:Red-shirt junior
Ht.: 6-2 Wt: 220
High school: Piscataway (N.J.) High
Background: Served as a backup weakside linebacker to Antonio Lowery in 2010 and appeared in two games, making three tackles. …Missed all but one game in 2009 after injuring his knee in practice and underwent season-ending surgery …As a true freshman, played in 10 games, primarily on special teams, but did not make a tackle. …Started for three seasons at Piscataway High and made 113 tackles as a senior. …Rated the No. 69 weakside linebacker nationally and No. 25 player in New Jersey by Scout.com.
Projected 2011 Role: Booker's development was slowed last season as he returned from knee surgery, which limited him in spring practice. He wasn't able to push past Antonio Lowery and get much game action last season, and in his few appearances looked mechanical and a step slow.
There are plenty of questions about Rutgers' linebacker depth since there is not a proven weakside linebacker on the roster.
So, Booker will have an opportunity to make an impact in spring practice and prove he should be considered for playing time in the fall.