Wow, what a fantastic start to this 2004 recruiting class for the Trojans. When Pete Carroll completed his most recent class there was some nitpicking going on from a few "experts" who said the Trojans couldn't be ranked as the #1 class in the country without taking a quarterback. So what does Carroll do? He simply goes out and quickly gets a verbal from a player who is being talked about as possibly the top national recruit.
J.D. Booty is 6-3, 190 with a strong arm, pinpoint accuracy, great feet and impressive football genes. He is the younger brother of Josh, a quarterback with the Cleveland Browns who also played five years of professional baseball, and Abram, a former wide receiver for the LSU Tigers. His high school, Evangel Christian in
This verbal is a shot which should reverberate throughout the recruiting world. If there was ever a question as to whether or not the Trojans were back as a major national player this certainly provides the answer as a resounding yes. This isn't a flaky junior giving a verbal just to get one in the bag while he continues to take a long look around at other schools. The Booty's are a family who have been around the block in the recruiting derby and they know how the system works. J.D. has long been a fan of life in
J.D. knew all these factors as he flew to
Are you paying attention Derrick Jones? How about you Randy Estes? My guess is you are. The Trojans are already riding a wave of good fortune and are being strongly considered by so many top recruits but the commit from Booty is the kind of signing which still makes people stand up and take notice. Welcome to the Trojan family, J.D., we look forward to following your progress throughout the year.