With the 2013 class winding down already and the staff shifting their focus to 2014, we thought it would be a good idea to start introducing some of the key prospects in this class. We'll start with arguably the best player in the state next year, Dante Booker...
Name: Dante Booker
School: St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, OH)
Offers: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State
Rankings: No. 1 Ohio 2014 Prospect (247Sports), No. 1 OLB 2014 Prospect (247Sports), No. 1 Ohio 2014 Prospect (OhioPreps.com)
Dante Booker Jr. is the son of Dante Booker Sr., a former Auburn defensive tackle and Canadian Football player. His father still plays a huge part in his life, and has been a great role model for him. He's also inherited a ton of measurables and athleticism from his father as well. At 6-3 210 pounds, Booker already has great size for a player just entering his junior season. Last year as a sophomore at St. Vincent-St. Mary, Booker amassed 157 tackles, 14 sacks, eight pass breakups, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and a defensive touchdown. He also plays tight end as well.
Urban Meyer was the first to give Booker an offer, and the Buckeyes have thankfully been out of front of his recruitment. Booker reminds many of Jordan Hicks and Trey DePreist, both top Ohio linebackers who headed elsewhere, something that the new staff doesn't want to repeat. He was on campus three months ago for a spring practice, and plans on returning to Columbus soon. He's also the former teammate of current Buckeye cornerback Doran Grant, something that could help in the end.
Booker has also been on campus at Michigan, and is hearing from all the B1G schools and Notre Dame. While he's received no offers from SEC schools to date, he does have a lot of interest in possibly following in his father's footsteps down south. He's talked tentatively about deciding before his senior season.
What He's Said:
To Tyler Waddell (Auburn Reporter):