Dante Booker (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) didn’t mince words following his unofficial visit to Ohio State on Saturday.
The Buckeyes were the leader before the season started and they didn’t disappoint when he saw them beat Miami (Ohio) 56-10 at The Horseshoe to open 2012.
It was the first-time the 2014 outside linebacker took in a game at Ohio Stadium and he left with memories to fill a scrapbook.
“To be down for [Coach Urban] Meyer’s first game was overall a great experience,” Booker said. “It was my first OSU game as well as my uncle’s first game, so it meant a lot that I could do that with him.”
It also meant a lot to watch the 105,039 in attendance erupt with every touchdown or big play.
Back home and ready to keep St. Vincent-St. Mary undefeated this early in the season, one of the most sought after linebackers was still invigorated by what he saw out of Ohio State.
“The whole atmosphere was just overall exciting,” Booker said. “The fans seemed energized.”
As a sophomore, Booker stood out on the Irish’s playoff team with 157 tackles, 14 sacks, three fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles.
He currently has offers from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State as well as the Buckeyes.
Booker has said in the past that he will wait for his junior season to play out and put the recruiting process on the backburner, not that he sees it as an interruption.
“Recruiting is not a distraction for me,” Booker said. “It comes with the territory. It’s nothing new here. We’ve had Doran [Grant] and [Indiana’s Mark] Murphy. We’re used to it.
“There’s a few I talk to – mainly text messages – I tell them I’m ready for the season. That’s what I want to focus on. I don’t have to worry about all this recruiting.”