Akron SVSM’s Booker becomes a Buckeye

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Akron SVSM LB Dante Booker, Jr.

Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary Top100 linebacker Dante Booker announced his college commitment on Thursday for Ohio State. “Overall
I just felt right to pull the trigger,” Booker said. “It feels like
home and it’s the best place to be right now to play college football.


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Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary Top100 linebacker Dante Booker announced his college commitment on Thursday for Ohio State.

“Overall
I just felt right to pull the trigger,” Booker said. “It feels like
home and it’s the best place to be right now to play college football. I
wanted to play for my family and all the fans in the HorseShoe two
hours away.”

The 6-foot-4. 210-pound Booker chose the in-state Buckeyes over
offers from the likes of Notre Dame, Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State and
Tennessee.

Booker becomes commit No. 9 for Ohio State in the class-of-2014,
and the eighth four-star pledge. He joins his teammate, receiver
prospect Parris Campbell, who gave his word to the Buckeyes back in
February.

“I knew all along it was down to Ohio State and Notre Dame,” St.
Vincent-St. Mary coach Dan Boarman said. “I think what sealed the deal
is he lives in the state of Ohio. It’s the dream for a lot of kids in
this state to play for Ohio State. But there is the dream to play for
Notre Dame too. It’s Ohio State. That’s the best way to describe it.”

Ranked by 247Sports as the nation’s No. 4 outside linebacker and
No. 84 prospect overall, Booker will cap his prep career as a U.S. Army
All-American. Ohio State was first to offer him back in April of 2012.

“He fits in perfectly,” Boarman said of the Buckeyes defense.
“They’re looking for someone like him. He can obviously play linebacker
but I think he can play as a hybrid position. He can rush the
quarterback, plus he’s not done growing. He’s going to get a heck of a
lot bigger and he’s 6-3, 220-pounds right now.”

As a sophomore, Booker emerged as a national recruit, racking up
157 tackles and 14 sacks. Last season in a run to the state
championship, he registered 72 tackles, six sacks and two interceptions,
earning First Team All-Ohio and the state’s Division III Defensive
Player of the Year honors.

“This kind of came out of the blue,” Boarman said. “It was
between Notre Dame and Ohio State. He’d gotten tired of the whole process.
As you look in his eyes, I talked to him and I could see it was a
relief. The decision has been made. He wants to be able to enjoy his
senior year and hopefully we can repeat what we did last year. With that
other stuff it’s hard to do.”

For a complete look at Ohio State’s recruiting class, click here.

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