Monday, April 22, 2013
Indy WR makes return trip to Bama
By Greg Ostendorf
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It’s a long drive from Indianapolis to Tuscaloosa, but that didn’t stop wide receiver Dominique Booth (Indianapolis/Pike) from making a return trip to the University of Alabama this weekend for the Crimson Tide’s spring game.
Booth was on campus just two weeks ago for practice.
“Alabama is one of my top schools,” he said. “That’s why I came back there for a second time in two weeks even though it’s seven hours away. That means a lot because I’m real busy and it’s hard for me to get around like that, so I’m definitely interested.”
After meeting everybody on his first trip to Alabama, the second trip was more about building better relationships with the people inside the program.
“It was good,” Booth said. “I had already been there before, so it was just nice to go there and know where you are and know people. It was really more of just catching up with people from last time I was here two weeks ago.”
During his visit, Booth was on hand for the pregame festivities, including the captain’s ceremony at Denny Chimes and the Walk of Champions. It was also his first game experience inside Bryant-Denny Stadium.
“Being at the stadium was nice,” he said. “There were a lot of people who came out to support the team. The game, it was good. It was competitive and what not. The defense was definitely strong, and of course, Amari [Cooper] always looks smooth. He’s nice to watch.”
After the game, Booth sat down with Alabama head coach Nick Saban for awhile. He also spent a lot of time with his recruiting coordinator, Bobbby Williams, and the Tide’s new wide receivers’ coach, Billy Napier.
“Coach Napier was telling me the last time I came here, there were a lot of questions they had about me that they weren’t sure about,” Booth said. “He said when I came down, I made a big impression on everybody. He said he thinks I can be as big as I am, and I’m the perfect size for what they’re looking for.”
Booth measured in at 6-foot and 201 pounds on his first trip to Tuscaloosa.
On the way back to Indiana, Booth and his father made a stop at Vanderbilt to check in on head coach James Franklin and the Commodores. They’ve already extended a scholarship offer.
“I hung out with the players Saturday night,” Booth said. “The next morning I came in and talked to Coach [Josh] Gattis for a while. He basically laid out the offense for me and everything. Then, we went to have breakfast with Coach Franklin and the offensive coordinator.
“They had a whole presentation for me about how Vanderbilt compares to the other schools they know I’m really interested in. We had a good time.”
When the current recruiting period ends next month, Booth plans to narrow his list to five schools and make a decision soon after that.