- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
CLEVES, Ohio -- The state of Tennessee is making a move for one Watch List prospect in the Midwest.
Class of 2014 receiver Dominique Booth (Indianapolis/Pike) added offers from Tennessee and Vanderbilt recently, and he made a return trip to Knoxville in January. It was his first time visiting the Volunteers under new coach Butch Jones, though.
“I’ve been to Tennessee before but it was real different with the new coaching staff,” Booth said. “I don’t know how to explain it, it’s a different atmosphere going on around there. Everybody’s a lot different. The last time [under former coach Derek Dooley] was real gloomy.
“I’m really looking at them.”
The Commodores are the latest program to offer the 6-foot-1, 195-pound receiver. He heard from the Vanderbilt coaches as far as back as last summer before the contact tapered off. Then he began hearing from them again, and Booth and his father spoke with receivers coach Josh Gaddis. Following a 45-minute conversation, Gaddis let Booth know Vanderbilt was offering.
“I like the wide receiver coach. I know a little bit about Vandy,” Booth said. “The academics are good and I’ve seen them on TV and they’re contenders in everything they do and went 9-4 last year.”
The Commodores have not cracked Booth’s top group yet, though. Tennessee is joined in Booth’s top seven by Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri and Ohio State.
Booth said each of the schools in his top seven are after him hard, but Michigan and Ohio State are toward the back of his list for the time being as neither program has offered yet.
Missouri will host Booth for his next scheduled visit. Booth will be at Missouri on Feb. 23, and he will go to Michigan State on Mar. 23. During the first week of April, he plans to make a swing to some schools in the south. Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Mississippi State, NC State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt are all on the itinerary.
Alabama and Georgia have picked up their interest in Booth over the last few weeks.
“They’re very interested in me, want me for junior days,” Booth said, “so I’m going to get down there and see what they got to offer.”