It was almost too good to be true. J.J. saw daylight late in the fourth quarter and galloped into the endzone to give South Carolina the game winning touchdown. Booker says only one thing ran through his mind as he raced in for the score, "Really what went through my head at that moment is that this is for coach Farnham. He wasn't there but I did that for him." Those of you unfamiliar with situation Booker's head coach for his entire career at Blue Ridge David Farnham passed away due to cancer late in the season and was also set to coach the South Carolina Shrine Bowl team this season. The scene was uplifting and emotional for many in attendance but at a moment when most players celebrate their own triumphs Booker's mind was solely on his fallen coach.
It's that kind of mentality that makes Booker such an outstanding student-athlete. His personality and politeness beams with whomever he encounters. With such a great career as a running back for the Tigers he talked about how he wants to be remembered during his high school career. "Really all I want to be remembered as was a team player that was really motivated as well. Just an all-around great person."
Given his strong effort during the Shrine Bowl surprisingly things haven't really opened up for him on the recruiting front. Having shown gamebreaking ability throughout his career rushing for almost 2000 yards last season as a junior and then sacrificing his own stats this season to put the team first as they raced out to their best start. "Right now it's Tusculum, Mars Hill, Coastal Carolina, and South Carolina State." Out of those programs Booker says that Mars Hill is pursuing him the most aggressively.
Yes sir I went to visit Mars Hill this past Saturday. It was a good visit but I'm still looking at my options. We're going to Tusculum this coming Monday for a visit."
Options are something that Booker has been weighing on heavily in the past few weeks. We asked him if there was a chance that if he didn't get the offers he was looking for currently that he might take another route, possibly going to a prep school or JUCO. "I've talked about it with the family and some other people. There's a possibility that I may do that. I've heard from a coach from a prep school in Kentucky or Kansas I think that was at the Shrine Bowl. I got his card so I'll look at them and some other programs. He talked about me possibly coming out there for a year or so and hopefully transferring out to a bigger school."
With Signing Day fastly approaching Booker says that he has no definite plans right now. "It's all going to be according to what route I decide to take but I'll probably announce that after Signing Day." Given the hard work and determination he's shown throughout his career we're sure Booker will continue his career on the next level somewhere and succeed there as well.
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