Coveted wide receiver Dominique Booth of Indianapolis (Ind.) Pike, who is set on a spring decision date, breaks down each visit of his whirlwind tour of the Southeast, and he lists who most impressed him on a variety of factors.
Wide receiver Dominique Booth of Indianapolis (Ind.) Pike wasted no time during his spring break. He hit nine different schools in just ten days – Mississippi, Mississippi State, Auburn, Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Tennessee.
Booth broke down each visit after he finally returned home to Indianapolis on Sunday.
Ole Miss – “I didn’t realize they look to spread the ball around so much. They pretty much do the exact same thing as my high school. The campus was beautiful and the people were really friendly. The coaching staff was also really cool.”
Mississippi State – “They had a nice football facility, and the academic advisor was very impressionable, and I was really glad I got to meet her. The best part was I got to talk with [head coach] (Dan) Mullen and [wide receivers coach] (Billy) Gonzales for two hours. We talked about everything, and that one-on-one time doesn’t always happen on visits, much less for two hours.”
Auburn – “Auburn was cool even though it wasn’t an individualized trip. I got to hang out with my friend [Auburn signee] Elijah Daniel who was down there and he introduced me to some people. The coaching staff was really cool.”
Alabama – "It [the offer] was very unexpected. I had to act like I had 'been there, done that,' [in Saban's office] as with any new twist in life. I just said thank you like I do for every other offer. Their coaches can get you to your fullest potential. They know what they’re doing at Alabama, and the strength and conditioning coach was really cool.”
Florida State – “It was nice to see the behind-the-scenes of what I’ve always watched on TV. They have a lot of tradition. [Wide receivers coach] (Lawrence) Dawsey is really cool and he was recruited as well, so he was giving me really good advice about everything.”
Georgia – “It was really good. Their facilities were up there with Alabama. When I was talking with [wide receivers coach] (Tony) Ball, I could tell he was being really real with me. He knew about my grades and knew that academics were really important to me. He told me he knows how to get the best out of his players. He got three degrees in college, and he said I could do the same thing. I talked with [head coach] (Mark) Richt for about 45 minutes, and he was really down-to-earth and he said he liked my film. He said an offer was possible in the future.”
Virginia Tech – “It was really nice. All the facilities I saw were going to be wiped out and upgraded by the time I would get there, so I focused on getting to know the coaching staff and seeing what academics they offered. It had a nice feel to it.”
West Virginia – “It was very good and it was a really scenic and beautiful campus. [Head coach] (Dana) Holgorson was awesome. I didn’t even know he was the head coach when I met him. Most head coaches aren’t as personable as him, so I didn’t expect it. He shook my hand right when I met him. He talked to me about their offense and how they’ll get me the ball. They usually have two 1000-yard wide receivers each season and he said I could be one of those guys."
Tennessee – “I really do like Tennessee. It was my third time seeing campus, but this time I got to hang out with the players more and spend the night and see what they do. [Wide receivers coach] (Zach) Azzanni and [head coach] Butch Jones are really cool people and two of the coaches that I’m closest with.”
Booth expects to make his final decision at the end of May. He isn’t naming any favorite schools until a date in the near future, but he did name the favorites aspects of his 10-day trip.
Best facilities – “Alabama”
Best conversation with a coaching staff – “Mississippi State"
Academic program that most impressed - "Alabama"
Favorite campus – “West Virginia”
Players he most enjoyed hanging out with – “Tennessee”
Program he learned most about – “Alabama”
Offensive system he most preferred – "West Virginia, Tennessee, and Ole Miss”
His dad’s favorite – “All of them”
"Overall, I really enjoyed seeing the South," Booth said. "It's a lot different from where I live and everything is bigger down there. I really liked it."
Before Booth’s decision date in May, he has a plan of how he’ll get there.
“I know what I’ve been looking for and I know what I want," Booth said. “I’ll come out with about a top seven, eight, or nine pretty soon, then I’ll get a top five, and then a top three. Once I have a top three, I’ll probably take some last visits to those places.”
He’s also considering Missouri, Indiana, and Vanderbilt.
Booth is a four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 14 wide receiver in the nation. Last season, Booth had 67 receptions for 853 yards and 13 touchdowns.