Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary linebacker Dante Booker was outstanding last season as a sophomore starter, and the 6-foot-3, 210-pound, linebacker might be Ohio's top 2014 prospect.
Booker showed the ability to run sideline to sideline, but also played a physical, hard-hitting brand of football. He landed his first offer this week.
"I was offered by Ohio State, and I'm very excited about the offer," Booker stated. "I've been to Ohio State before, and it was exciting meeting Coach (Urban) Meyer, and the rest of the Ohio State coaching staff."
"Meeting Coach Meyer and speaking with him about the possibility of earning a scholarship from Ohio State meant a lot to me," he added. "I just want to continue to work hard, and take advantage of that opportunity. I still have an awful lot to work on to get better."
With his father (Dante Booker Sr.) having played for Auburn, the Tigers will be hard to beat for Booker's services. He had previously listed Auburn and LSU as favorites. Booker is also hearing from such schools as Wisconsin and Michigan.
EVALUATION FROM LAST FALL: Booker's modesty aside, this is a prospect to watch in the class of 2014 in Ohio, and he will end up being a heavily-recruited player. He will need to learn to shed blocks better and not got caught up in the flow of traffic, but his combination of size and speed is impressive. Booker is also a hard hitter, which is also a good sign for such a young player. He wasn't in coverage much, but appears to have the hip turn and quick feet to be successful in that area. This is as impressive a sophomore as I've seen in Ohio this season to date. (Bill Greene).