2015 Intro: Titus Booker

With the University of Wisconsin welcoming its 2015 recruiting class to campus this week, BadgerNation looks at the new Badgers joining the program, like Grayslake (Ill.) North defensive back Titus Booker.

Commitment Date: 11/15/14

Accolades: Titus Booker attended Grayslake North High School … ranked as the No. 1 cornerback in Illinois, No. 4 in the Midwest and No. 26 in the country by Scout.com … 2014 first-team all-state in Class 6A by Illinois High School Football Coaches Association … as a senior running back, averaged 214.6 rushing yards per game and 10.5 yards per carry, recording seven 100-yard games while piling up 1,931 yards and 26 touchdowns … finished career with 3,914 rushing yards and 51 touchdowns, averaging 150.5 yards per game and 8.1 yards per carry … as a junior, finished second in 100 meters at Illinois Class 3A state meet in 10.64 and fifth in the 200 meters in 21.55.

Recruiting Competition: Booker flipped his commitment from Indiana on an unofficial visit to Wisconsin. He previously committed to the Hoosiers over six MAC schools. Following the Wisconsin coaching change, he picked up additional offers from Iowa, Kentucky and Michigan but never took any visits.

Why Wisconsin? “(Wisconsin) was just where my heart was at; there was a lot of hype at the end of the day, but it isn‘t about that. Wisconsin has been recruiting me since my junior year, they have been behind me and getting on me. They were one of the schools that helped me focus on my grades. They helped build me into who I am today. They checked in with me, and even with the new staff there are some guys who are still there and it is a similar feel. I think it’s overall just Wisconsin is where I need to be.”

Scouting Report: Booker is explosive. That's the first thing that comes to mind when you watch him, and he was one of the top athletes in the Chicago area. He has above average size, has the frame to continue to fill out and is a long prospect, which is a pretty valuable trait at the corner position. He is smooth, gets around quickly and sees the field very well. He's run a 10.8 in the 100-meter dash and can sustain that speed for a 200-meter dash. Booker knows how to get upfield, and is also very disruptive when he's in the defensive backfield.

Booker is a good athlete who can go up high to challenge bigger receivers. He has all the athletic tools necessary to play cornerback at a high level in college. What he needs to continue to improve is getting stronger, being more physical at the line and improving in run support. The big thing for him will be to continue working on his technique. His senior season saw him take his play to another level, and the speed he showed at running back and his athleticism will translate very well to the next level.

BadgerNation Prediction: Rising up the rankings his senior season, Booker put in a ton of work on the field and in the classroom to be regarded as one of the top prospects in the Midwest. Booker fits Wisconsin’s scheme, and he will have a chance to contribute early on special teams as he learns the cornerback position.


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