Booth Recaps West Coast Swing

Picking up his 12th offer from Mississippi State Tuesday, Indianapolis Pike High junior receiver Dominique Booth recaps his recent West Coast visits with Badger Nation.

MADISON - Originally planning to visit California, Stanford, UCLA and USC, Indianapolis Pike junior receiver Dominique Booth was unable to visit the latter two schools, but got a positive, different impression on both of his West Coast visits last weekend.

On Stanford: "It's a beautiful campus. I almost didn't realize we were on campus because everything looked real nice. The architecture was impressive. I didn't even think I was at a college. It was real impressive. We went around and talked to different trainers because I would like to do sports medicine. They had some really impressive equipment.

"I did some routes and some one-on-ones. (Offensive assistant) Coach (Aaron) Morehead said I was most impressive accelerating after my break and that I came there to play. They are extremely interested and said he was looking forward to seeing my first game this year."

On California: "The coaching related really well to me. They were really down to earth. I really liked the feel of it. It was really calm. Everybody seems really laid back and not uptight, which was the opposite of Stanford. I related really well to them. Cal also has really good academic programs and has really good weather. The two days I was there, it never got under 65 and never over 75. That's really nice."

In addition to Cal and Stanford, the 6-0, 190-pound Booth has visited Florida, Michigan and Ohio State for summer camps. He said coaches from those three schools and Tennessee are waiting for him to play a couple games before deciding whether or not to extend an early offer.

"Both Michigan and Ohio State said if I did well at its camp that they would offer, but both said they wanted to see a little more of me," said Booth.

While those schools wait, 11 programs have already gotten an early start in recruiting Booth, as he has picked up offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Kentucky, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Purdue, Ole Miss and Wisconsin.

The offer from the Badgers in early May surprised Booth at the time considering he had little to no contact with the Wisconsin coaching staff. That hasn't been the case since, as Booth has already started to develop good relationships with the UW staff.

"I've been calling them every week," said Booth. "I've been trying to stay in touch with them a lot. I really like Wisconsin. I just haven't had a chance to get up there to visit yet. It's hard with all the visits and commitments to see everyone in one summer, but I want to see Wisconsin soon."

Booth has a visit planned to Iowa on July 29 and hopes to go to games this fall at California, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio State, Purdue, Tennessee and Wisconsin. He currently lists no favorites this early in the process.

"When I get the offers I've been waiting for and visited all the school I want to visit, I'll have a better idea," Booth said.

Booth finished his sophomore season with 46 receptions for 583 yards and five touchdowns.

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