August 9, 2012
Breaking down Dante Booker
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Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary junior linebacker Dante Booker is one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the Buckeye state right now and the 6-foot-3, 220-pound prospect made his 2012 debut on Tuesday afternoon with a scrimmage against Uniontown Lake. Though the scrimmage wasn't a live game simulation in terms of the format, it was our first look live look at Booker during the summer.
Physically, Booker is a tall, long, and lean defender with plenty of room to add weight. Listed in the 215-220-pound range, Booker should easily play in the neighborhood of 240-pounds at the college level. Booker has excellent athleticism and right now is at his best when pressuring the quarterback. His ability to close on ball carriers in open space is another reason why some of the best programs in the nation have already offered.
As with all players who still have two years of high school left, there is definitely room for improvement. Physically he will need to get stronger and add more weight in his lower body. Booker sometimes got caught up in traffic when playing in the middle of the field and needs to do a better job of shedding blocks and taking better pursuit angles. As he gets more experience, his field vision will improve and when it does, you will see improvement in his pursuit angles.
After watching every snap he took on Tuesday, it is clear to me that Booker is an outside linebacker at the next level. His strengths are using his speed and athleticism to get to the football and to be a disruptor on the outside as a blitzer. While there is certainly room for improvement, Booker is a very high ceiling prospect with the type of size and athleticism that can't be taught. He will continue to be one of the most heavily recruited prospects in Ohio.
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