- Chantel Jennings, ESPN Staff Writer
Dominique Booth (Indianapolis/Pike) has already had a pretty great spring break, and not just because he’s getting a break from school and homework.
The 2014 wide receiver target’s vacation started with an offer straight out of the gates from Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio on Thursday morning.
“I wasn’t really expecting that because Michigan State might’ve been the school I talked to the least,” Booth said. “I didn’t know they were that interested.”
It was Booth’s first offer, though he has picked up interest from nearly 15 schools, including several Big Ten programs.
After grabbing an offer from the Spartans, the sophomore traveled to Ann Arbor. He was impressed with Michigan’s indoor facilities, noting that they were the best of any indoor facilities he has seen.
Booth really enjoyed getting to see the team practice. The Wolverines practiced in full pads today, and Booth noticed not only how tough they practiced, but also how quickly they moved from drill to drill.
“The intensity and how fast they are, there’s no dead time,” Booth said. “Everything is back-to-back-to-back. They don’t lose any time. They take advantage of all the time they have. That’s great.”
He also liked how big of a part the football’s team history is in the program today, saying that he’d like to attend a school with a great tradition and one where football is really important on campus.
“With all the championships and great players that have been through, that really stood out to me,” Booth said. “Just the tradition they have, that’s great.”
So far the 6-foot-1, 195-pound receiver said the schools that have stuck out the most are Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Ohio State and Iowa.
But despite all the interest from the Big Ten schools, Booth said his dream conference would be the SEC because of the speed of the game. He likes to play fast, which is one of his best attributes.
As a sophomore he ran a 4.5 in the 40. And on the field, Booth ran for six touchdowns and 585 yards on 46 receptions.
Outside of his speed, college coaches have told Pike High School coach Derek Moyers that they like how well Booth catches with his hands, and his route-running ability. Scouts have also noted Booth’s academic strength, as he boasts a 3.6 and is hoping to study sports medicine.
But Booth’s spring break won’t slow from here, and he won’t exactly be laying by a beach anytime soon. In the next week the receiver will be visiting Notre Dame, Northwestern, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.
“It’s exciting. This is what I’ve been waiting for my whole life,” Booth said. “It’s a great way to spend spring break.”
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