Booker Shines In Winning Effort

Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary junior linebacker Dante Booker stood out defensively in his team's 41-7 route over Canal Fulton Northwest Friday night in Ohio action. Booker, one of the top 2014 prospects in-state, spoke to FOXSportsNext following the action.

Dante Booker made a name for himself last season as a sophomore linebacker at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, when he racked up over 150 tackles on the season.

Booker, 6-foot-3, 217-pounds, is off to a great start to his junior campaign, solidifying his place as one of Ohio's top 2014 prospects. He starred Friday night in his team's 41-7 win over Canal Fulton Northwest.

"We just came out and played hard and got the job tonight," Booker stated after the game. "Our offense ran the ball well and the defense was strong. We are playing well and we need to keep winning, to get into the playoffs."

"For me personally, I think I was patient and let the game come to me," he added. "When I had the opportunity to make a play, I did that within the framework of our team defense. On a scale of one to ten, I would rate my play a seven this year. There are always things I can do better, and I'm a better player than I was last year. This year I'm playing with more heart and hitting harder."

With six scholarship offers to his credit to date, Booker is a wanted man in recruiting circles, He holds offers from Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State.

"I visited Ohio State a few weeks ago, and I'm planning on going back next week for the Nebraska game," he explained. "I've spoken to all the coaches, and they're all great guys. When I was there last time I talked to Coach (Luke) Fickell and Coach (Urban) Meyer the most. They told me they want me to be a Buckeye, and I'm high on their list. Obviously, Ohio State is one of my top schools."

"I might try to make it to a few other schools this year, but nothing is set up yet," he continued. "I don't have any new offers at all, but I'm getting lots of mail from most of the top schools in the country. We have to see if any more offers come my way or not, and I'm still open to hearing from everyone."

EVALUATION: This is the third time seeing Booker live, and this performance was his best of the three. He's becoming a smarter football player, and he plays under control, not running himself out of position. Booker could play the game more aggressively, as right now he is more of a finesse player. The size and speed combination is impressive, and he can cover a ton of ground. As he matures physically, he has a chance to be a special football player at the next level. He played in space more last week, and acquitted himself quite well in coverage. When his team sends him on blitzes, Booker is at his best and he presents matchup problems for linemen and backs trying to block him.


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