Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Watch List WR Booth cuts to seven
By Chantel Jennings
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Watch List wide receiver Dominique Booth (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) has a busy few months ahead of him.
The 2014 prospect, who released his top seven on Tuesday, plans to visit all seven of his top schools before he gives his verbal in April, which means the next two months will include plenty of travel, discussion and decision making.
Booth’s top seven include, in no particular order, Tennessee, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Mississippi State. He has already taken visits to IU and Tennessee, though he hopes to make it back to both in the next few months.
Of the seven, Michigan and Ohio State are the only two that have yet to offer, but Booth said he has received plenty of interest from both. And even without offers, those two Big Ten schools have impressed him enough to make the cut.
“Those two are definitely big stages,” Booth said. “They’re definitely the best in the Big Ten, to me, right now. Those are exciting schools to be a part of. I like the academic side. I like the coaches. I like the players they recruit.”
The Buckeyes were in his school last Friday, and Wolverines coaches will be at Pike on Wednesday, so Booth is hoping that he’ll be able to add offers from both.
Here is a closer look at why each school made the cut and what Booth likes about each:
Tennessee: “I really liked the school in the first place. The coaching staff that’s there now, we were close [before they got to Tennessee] because most of them were from Cincinnati and the receiver coach is from Wisconsin, and we had a really great relationship. Coach Jones, he has been recruiting me since I was a freshmen...It was a good fit for them going there.”
Watch List WR Dominique Booth trimmed his list of schools to seven Tuesday.
Missouri: “I really like their style of play, their offense. I feel like they’re going to come up in the conference as time goes by as they get new SEC recruits...I like the school in general when I was there.”
Indiana: I"mpressed with coach Kevin Wilson and receivers coach Kevin Johns. I just have a really good connection with the coaches there and it’s close to home. A lot of my friends in the class above me are going there.”
Ohio State: “I really like the receivers coach, he has been real with me the whole time. [Former Cincinnati associate head coach and current OSU DB coach Kerry Coombs] has been recruiting me since I was a freshman and so I’ve known him for a really long time. And he was my high school coach’s high school coach. I like the campus and the support OSU has is huge...I really like the offense too, it’s real explosive.”
Michigan: “I like what they’re turning the offense into. Obviously it was different with Denard Robinson but at the end of the season, the way they were changing it, it was really nice. I really like the coaches there and the tradition they have is really nice.”
Michigan State: “They were the first to offer me. When I went there I liked everything, the atmosphere...I like the way they play. I like the receiver coach and the head coach.”
Mississippi State: “I haven’t been down there yet, but just talking to the receivers coach, he’s probably one of my favorite coaches I’ve talked to so far...He has already taught me more than most coaches I’ve been around.”
Booth said that if more offers come up, he’ll definitely look into it and he’s not cutting anyone out now. But he knows adding more means a busier February and March, which the junior is already expecting.