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Booker breaks down where things stand

5/8/2013

AKRON, Ohio -- Getting Dante Booker (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) to say much of anything about his recruitment oftentimes can be like trying to wear a short-sleeved shirt in Northeast Ohio during the month of February.

It’s just not going to happen.

But the 6-foot-3, 215-pound outside linebacker whispered three letters Wednesday that should have the Ohio State faithful very happy.

When asked if the Buckeyes were the favorite his answer was short and to the point.

“Yes,” he said.

Booker will head down to the state’s capital in June with Ohio State commit and high school teammate Parris Campbell Jr. for one of the Buckeyes' camps, and he’s going with a purpose.

“I want to go down and work out with the coaches,” Booker said. “I want to learn about coaching and see how [Urban Meyer] coaches and get a good feel about how they coach things.”

Booker has been to Ohio State on a number of occasions and recently made a trip to Notre Dame -- his second -- to take in the Fighting Irish’s spring game.

Notre Dame assistant Harry Heistand has been in constant contact with Booker, and the junior said the Irish aren’t far off the pace with Ohio State.

“It was a good time. I got a chance to go down and check them out,” Booker said. “It was a good trip. I got to go and see what the differences were between the two schools.

“They’re telling me how much I fit in the system and where I fit in. Ohio State is saying the same thing.”

As for the recruiting process, Booker isn’t sure when that all will end, but the aforementioned schools are starting to break from the rest.

Whether that means a commitment soon is anyone’s guess as Booker himself isn’t sure when things will end.

“I’m not really breaking down a top five,” Booker said. “I’m just kind of going with it. I’ve thought about [ending my recruitment], but I haven’t decided yet. It could be soon. It could be later.”

Booker led St. Vincent-St. Mary to a Division III state championship last season and has registered 238 tackles and 20 sacks in the last two years.