Booker on Track for State Records

There are some who think St. Bonaventure High running back Lorenzo Booker is the best at his position in the nation and perhaps one of the best in California history. Once the season is over, those with that opinion may have some numbers to back them up.

Booker, who has led the Ventura school to back-to-back 14-0 seasons, begins the 2001 season with career totals of 5,632 yards rushing with 87 touchdowns and 552 points scored. He needs 2,124 yards plus 31 touchdowns and 159 points to become the all-time state leader in all three categories. Tulare's Dominique Dorsey set all three of those records just last year with 7,761 yards, 118 touchdowns and 710 points.

Barring injury, Booker seems pretty certain to break those records. He rushed for 3,105 yards and had 49 touchdowns last season and it's hard to imagine that St. Bonaventure won't once again play 14 games. Booker's yardage total also is the highest among all returning running backs in the nation.

But Booker's national reputation is more about ability than raw numbers. At the San Diego State Nike camp last spring, the 5-11, 175-pounder clocked 4.43 in the 40, 3.99 in the shuttle, jumped 34 inches in the vertical and did 26 reps on the bench. His great quickness, cutting ability and pass-catching skills have some comparing him to Marshall Faulk. Booker said during the summer his top college choices were USC, UCLA, Florida State, Notre Dame, Washington, Michigan and Florida.

Two of the state's other top running backs also are from small schools - Kenny James of Dos Palos and Glenn Ohaeri from Aquinas of San Bernardino. James is the nation's top returning scorer due to his sizzling mark of 54 touchdowns from last season. The 5-10, 190-pounder runs with terrific power and can do it all as a running back.

The start of his season, however, may be hampered due to a hamstring injury he's been battling all summer.

Ohaeri was reported with 2,546 yards and 37 touchdowns from last season and also had 74 tackles and six interceptions on defense. The 5-9, 190-pounder also was a knockout at the Stanford Nike camp where he clocked 4.59 in the 40, 3.89 in the shuttle, did 23 reps on the bench and had a 37.5-inch vertical.


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