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Dante Booker says OSU still strong

10/21/2012

Dante Booker (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) isn’t hard to find on the football field. He’s the ESPN Watch List junior making seemingly every tackle.

Whether it’s sacking the quarterback, grabbing an interception or virtually taking over the game defensively, Booker is in the backfield almost as much as the opposition’s running back.

But even he can be wowed.

Booker, who should pass Harvie Tuck’s school record for tackles (296) in this his junior season still has Ohio State very much in the mix as schools continue to show interest in the 6-foot-3, 215-pound outside linebacker.

Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State have offered. Auburn, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame and Wisconsin are showing interest. But the Buckeyes remain strong.

“They’re definitely up there,” Booker said. “It was a little different when I saw them on the road [against Indiana], but it seemed like the entire opposite section was Ohio State fans.”

That’s what has stuck with Booker, as Buckeyes support is so strong. He’s impressed with the team’s perseverance as well and is still humbled by the fact Ohio State was his first offer.

He has no plans to commit anywhere just yet and won’t break down a top five, saying all that will come when it feels right.