Buckeyes land key linebacker target

Buckeyes land key linebacker target

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]hio State landed one of its top 2014 targets when Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary High linebacker Dante Booker committed to the Buckeyes on Thursday.

Dante Booker (left) is Ohio State's ninth verbal commitment for the 2014 class.

Dante Booker (left) is Ohio State’s ninth verbal commitment for the 2014 class.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Booker is rated a 4-star prospect by both Rivals.com and ESPN.

Recruited by Buckeye assistant Mike Vrabel, Ohio State was the first school to offer and Booker was an important in-state target for the Buckeyes.

In the end, his choice came down to Ohio State and Notre Dame, though he garnered a host of offers including Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State and Tennessee among others.

Booker is tall and athletic, and runs well without much wasted movement. On film, he shows the ability to make quick reads with very few false steps.

Most recruited Booker to play outside, which is not surprising given his rangy build, plus pursuit speed and solid pass coverage skills.

Even though that’s the mostly outcome, a move inside is a possibility. Booker’s frame should allow him to easily add good weight as he fills out, and he is naturally strong with explosive power.

His father, Dante Booker, Sr., was a 285-pound defensive lineman at Auburn in the late 90s, and later played for the BC Lions and Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL.

Booker is Ohio State’s ninth verbal for 2014, five of which are 4-star prospects by Rivals.

Photo credit: Ed Suba Jr. / Akron Beacon Journal

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