RU Commitment making impact at a new position

Marvin Booker has moved from DE to LB and has been impressive at his new position. His play has enabled his team to remain undefeated and stay in contention for a state championship.

The Rutgers football team has been built by identifying players who fit their philosphy of football. They were the first Division 1A football team to make a scholarship offer to Marvin Booker, who quickly decided to become a Scarlet Knight.

In Booker, the Knights were able to find the potential in an undersized DE, as a junior, and project him as a LB. Now as a senior, Booker is now playing the LB position. Booker admits he has a lot to learn as a LB but he states that "its fun...and I think I fit that role better on the field". He feels the biggest difference in the positions is "reading the whole field not just the man in front of you".

The learning curve has not limited Booker's productivity. In three games, he has totaled 23 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, a fumble recovery and 3 sacks. However, the biggest statistic for Booker is his team's 3-0 record.

Although he is committed to Rutgers and has no plans on making any change of mind, his actions on the field have drawn the attention of a few schools. As stated, Rutgers fans have nothing to be concerned about because he is fully committed to the Scarlet Knights. In fact, this weekend he will be hanging out with Rutgers freshman and former high school teammate Anthony Davis.

Like many of the Rutgers recruits, Booker has been watching the Scarlet Knights' games. He feels "they look good against who they have been playing against, so far. And being number 11 in the country doesn't look so bad either, but I think we (Rutgers) need to work on our defense". He is unwilling to make a prediction for the Rutgers season but he would say that "if they play hard for four quarters every game, they will have success".

Note: Booker will look to move his team to 4-0 against East Brunswick next week.

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