Booker taking things in stride

Lesley Booker has taken care of business in the classroom over the past three years and so he's worry-free when it comes to his collegiate future. If an offer arrives, then Booker will embrace it. However, the Forney High School standout is prepared for life after high school, with or without an athletic scholarship.

Despite earning all-district honors the past two seasons, Forney High School LB/DB Lesley Booker hasn't been the recipient of a scholarship offer to date. Nevertheless, you won't find the 5-foot-10, 190-pounder stressing about his future.

"I love football," said Booker, who racked up 65 tackles in five games last year, "but I have the grades to get into college. I'm already cleared to walk-on at a school, if that's what I decide to do. If I don't get a scholarship, then I have my grades to fall back on and anything else is just gravy."

As a sophomore, Booker piled up 90 tackles and returned two interceptions for TDs. In 2009, he suffered a torn glute on "a freak play" vs. Mesquite Poteet in a midseason game and was held out of action the following five weeks. However, he returned to the lineup in the final game of the season and is 100% healthy now.

"I'm trying to get my speed down and get bigger," Booker said. "I'd like to get up to 195 or 200 pounds. I have no problem playing in the secondary. I've run a 4.50 and coaches have worked me at both corner and safety in camps. Oklahoma's coaches said that I could be a cover two corner or a downhill safety.

"We could have the best defense in the state of Texas at Forney. Our D is stacked. The coaches don't want to move me from outside linebacker, but I'm also a rover who plays in the secondary. I'm going to play running back this year too, and I'll be returning kicks and punts."

Booker, who has a high-profile teammate in SMU commit DT Rishaad Wimbley, is receiving interest from Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kansas State, and SMU, as well as other schools.


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