Mr. Underrated: Blue Ridge RB J.J. Booker

SCPrepNation.com highlights arguably one of the most underrated RB prospects in the southeast in Blue Ridge's J.J. Booker. As a junior he ran for 1920 yards and 16 touchdowns and lead his team into the AAA playoffs. This year he's looking to up the ante all while earning more scholarship opportunities. Come inside and learn more about Blue Ridge's J.J. Booker.

When we first met J.J. Booker we noticed how courteous and soft spoken the young man was. We can't really say that about his play on the football field. You see Booker last season ran 245 times for 1920 yards and 16 touchdowns. This season while most defenses are keying on the 2008 stud running back he's still doing the same things all while leading Blue Ridge to a perfect 6-0 record. What really caught our eye is that Booker has done so with relative anonymity except for fans in the upstate who already know about his talents. So SCPrepNation.com decided it was time we brought Booker into the spotlight.

Having run for a ridiculous number of yards as a junior last season we were expecting Booker to rattle off a huge number of schools that were recruiting him. Once again to our surprise the list was relatively small. "Right now it's mainly Gardner-Webb, SC State, and I'm getting a lot of letters from Clemson, South Carolina, and LSU." Booker in fact took a visit to Gardner-Webb this past Saturday after helping Blue Ridge survive a 21-17 thriller against J.L. Mann on Friday night. Booker and the Tigers won with 14 seconds left in the game. Out of those programs J.J. says SC State is recruiting him the hardest. He is also still awaiting his first scholarship offer.

He talked about their toughest game to date this season against the Patriots. "It was a tough game. They came out on defense fired up and luckily our defense stepped up this week. I was proud of those guys, they really don't get the recognition they deserve. Our offense wasn't clicking like it normally does. We were lucky to battle back and get the win."

We talked more and we asked him to recall what he felt was his most outstanding game of his career. Booker quickly responded, "My best game ever was in the playoffs last year against Blythewood. Everything was clicking for me that night and I had a great game. I had 350 yards and 3 touchdowns on 29 carries." Blythewood as many of you know went on to win the AAA state championship last year.

With so many defenses basing their scheme to key on Booker he's still managed to have a great deal of success this season. Through 6 games Booker has 92 carries for 717 yards and 15 touchdowns. While he may not be on pace currently to break his mark of last season Booker's goal is to help power the Tigers deeper into the playoffs and hopefully culminating in a AAA state championship.

While his recruitment hasn't obviously taken off like it should we expect that to change relatively soon. Booker at 5'10 200 pounds posesses many of the tools colleges are looking for and has produced at a high level during his career. With solid 4.6 speed and the ability to break the big play at any moment Booker should be given a closer look by colleges.

Booker says that playing time is a big factor for him currently and that a good location would be a plus for him as well in his recruitment. He also plans to think long and hard about his decision so expect one to come closer to Signing Day.

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A Closer Look At...J.J. Booker
Favorite music artist: Lil' Wayne
Favorite movie: Friday Night Lights
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite subject in school: World History
Favorite football player: Reggie Bush
Favorite video game: NCAA 2008
Favorite thing to do when not playing football: Sleeping
Dream school: Florida, I like the atmosphere down there and it seems like a really exciting place to play.

Inside The Numbers...J.J. Booker
Bench Press: 315 pounds
Squat: 450 pounds
40 time: 4.6 seconds
Vertical leap: 35 inches
GPA: 2.6


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