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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
WR Booth anxious to make his choice

By Greg Ostendorf

With his announcement set for Friday, four-star wide receiver Dominique Booth (Indianpolis/Pike) trimmed his list one more time this week.

Four schools remain -- Alabama, Florida State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

Booth will make his choice Friday at 4 p.m. ET during a ceremony at his high school. He says he already has a good idea of where he’s headed. He’s just ready to make it public.

“I’m real excited,” Booth said. “I’ve been doing this since the summer of my freshman year. It’s been a long time. I want to find a place for me and make a decision so I can help get good players around me and have a great recruiting class. I can get focused on my senior season and then college. I’ve been looking forward to it for a long time.”

Dominique Booth
Four-star wide receiver Dominique Booth is the No. 2 overall prospect in the state of Indiana.
Booth has visited all four finalists, and he says the hardest part will be telling the runner-up schools that he’s going somewhere else.

“It’s always difficult because with all of those schools, I have a great relationship with their coaches,” he said. “I’ve known most of them for a long time, so it’s definitely hard.”

Still, Booth can only choose one. In the days leading up to his decision, he broke down the top four schools and why they made the cut.

Alabama: “The first thing that attracted to me is winning. That’s my biggest thing. I love to win. There’s nothing more to me. Winning a national championship while I’m in college is definitely one of my goals, and Alabama’s a dynasty right now."

Florida State: “It’s a great place, a beautiful campus and everything. I’ve known coach [Tim] Brewster for a long time now. He’s a great coach, and he speaks highly of the receivers’ coach, who’s done great things there and played in the NFL also, so he knows what it takes."

Tennessee: “When coach [Butch] Jones got hired, that was a really big thing for me because I liked the old coaching staff, but at the same time, I had a relationship with Coach Jones and his staff. I’ve known them since my freshman year. He’s had some players from Pike go there and do some good things in his offense. We just have a good connection with them."

Vanderbilt: “I really like Vanderbilt. The best relationship I have with a receivers’ coach is probably with coach [Josh] Gattis. We talk near everyday. We talk about football, about life, just about everything. He’s looking to find a new playmaker to come in and do great things in his offense, and they really think that can be me.”

Booth says when he makes his decision, it will be final. He doesn’t plan to take any more visits or look at any other schools.