Vandy picks up great athlete from Mississippi

Vanderbilt picks up standout athlete from Mississippi

"It blew the other schools out of the water," said Chris Booker. "They talked to my parents about it, and they offered me a scholarship, and I accepted. It's a new program with new coaches, everything is going to be starting brand new. We can go as far as we want with this team.

"I really like the people there, and I like the school. I was highly impressed by the new coaches. They're bringing me in as an athlete, so I'll be looking at playing time at tight end, defensive end, and linebacker. Linebacker is my favorite position. There's a better chance of lighting someone up and affecting the game at linebacker," Booker added with a laugh.

"Vanderbilt has been known for their defense, and it looks like the new coaching staff is going to turn the team around. I want to be part of that, and while I'm playing football, I'll be getting one of the best educations in the nation."

Vanderbilt is getting a special player in Chris Booker. At 6'4 and 225 pounds with 4.65 speed, he has the physical tools to star at the next level. While his physical ability, may have been impressive enough to garner a scholarship offer from a division one school, it only tells half the story. Booker played 8 games with a hairline fracture in his fibula; otherwise known as a broken leg. Not only did Booker not miss a game, He didn't miss a practice. One can measure height, weigh, and forty time, but heart cannot be measured with a stop watch.

Booker's success is not limited to the football field. Vanderbilt is getting more than a good football player, they are getting a great student-athlete. Booker will have no problems qualifying with a 3.6 GPA and a 25 ACT already recorded. Top Stories