Linebacker Dante Booker is Number Nine

By Jeremy Birmingham on May 23, 2013 at 2:07p
Dante Booker has committed to Ohio State

Dante Booker has finally committed to Ohio State. The 2014 linebacker from Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, long considered an Ohio State lean, finally pulled the trigger a few moments ago via his Twitter.

Booker, a 6-foot-3, 210 pounder, is's 10th ranked outside linebacker and had also been considering Notre Dame in his recruitment, but saw fit to make his choice today. He was scheduled to visit Ohio State early next month where many people speculated a commitment could take place. If he visits now, it will be as a member of Ohio State's 2014 recruiting class.

RELATED: What Dante Booker's verbal means for Ohio State.


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TMac's picture

Welcome to The Buckeyes Dante!

ONE Not Done!

Cavluv23's picture

Hahahahahahahahahahaha now this was better then the commitment ..

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SilverBulletNYC's picture

Hells yeah!

The South will NOT rise again!

rampageripster's picture

Awesome... first time I have ever referred to a top recruit as a lock... thank you for not making me look stupid Booker

Cause I couldn't go for three

Danify's picture

Hahaha I could watch this GIF all day.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Simply Awesome!  This post made me laugh.  Love it. 

Buckeye06's picture

Loving this Memorial Day week a little bit more
Congrats Meyer and Co. and congrats Mr Booker
Welcome to Buckeye Nation

GoBucks713's picture

Looking to be a much better than Memorial Day two years ago.

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Hovenaut's picture

Happy Memorial Day upvote to you sir.

GoBucks713's picture

Right back at you, sir!

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tennbuckeye19's picture


                        Welcome Aboard DANTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ATXbucknut's picture

Dante Booker?  Oh heck yes!

buckeyedude's picture

Scary. That's exactly what I just did, and I even look a little like Ed O'Neil.



OSUs12-OH's picture

Woot woot!

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UrbanCulture's picture

Happy Birthday to me!

SilverBulletNYC's picture

Let's see how long it takes to update their site.

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mshaf's picture

Welcome to The Ohio State Buckeyes !

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Strangely hypnotizing.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

Hilarious and nasty all at the same time.

Defend Youngstown's picture

So I'm guessing Saban offers him tomorrow? :)

dubjayfootball90's picture

AHHH SO FREAKING PUMPED!!!!!!! Best thing I could have read when I clicked refresh.... 
Welcome Mr. Booker. Time to get to work on getting that crystal ball!!!!!!

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bukyze's picture

OMG - ha!   Welcome aboard Dante !!!

millertime2011's picture

This is awesome! Anyone have any idea why he has dropped in rankings so much? I remember a while ago he was a top 3 OLB.

Buckeye06's picture

He's a top 4 OLB on 247 and 10th on Rivals, 9th on scout, and 8th on ESPN.  Kid's a big time player.
Maybe just evaluators liked other guys better, but his size is so close to Shazier when he started.  Shazier was ranked a little lower position wise if i recall too

Defend Youngstown's picture

Shazier mostly played with his hand in the dirt during high school, so there was more ambiguity as to how he would translate.

Red Shirt Ensign's picture

Simple... ESPN figured out he was a Buckeye Lean and you can't have that in SEC country!

"Captain, over here, I've found someth... AHHHH!!!!!!"


Jeremy Birmingham's picture

We'll be working to get some quotes and a full update from Dante, but he's notoriously difficult to get talking, so it might not happen anytime soon. 

But we're trying. 

chromedomebuck's picture

Say what?!??
AWESOME NEWS!!!! Made my day at work.
Welcome to Buckeye Nation Mr. Booker!

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Citrus's picture

Another silver bullet! Ching!

AltaBuck's picture

I am Groot - Groot

Northbrook's picture

WTF is that some kind of village people cowboy dance party?
BTW, I'm pumped about Dante being a Buckeye. And upvote.

bedheadjc's picture

^^^ Not sure if serious.
Blazing Saddles, if you are.

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Blazing Saddles is akin to Arrested Development in getting instant upvotes.
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bedheadjc's picture

"What in the wide wide world of sports is a going on here?!?!?"

toad1204's picture

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Basso Profondo's picture

Now that there... is an old movie. Props to you.

BTBuckeye's picture

Boom Goes the DANTEMITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GoBucks713's picture

Welcome Dante! How Firm Thy Friendship.......

-The Aristocrats!

Poison nuts's picture


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Squirrel Master's picture

About time Parris!
Seriously, wonder why today? Doesn't matter because it is awesome that he is now a buckeye, but kind of an odd day to say "Let's do this!"
BTW, I find it highly unlikely he stays a linebacker. He is huge! He should fill in as a DE. Looks like a prime candidate to be a VIPER.

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PG_BUCK's picture

Had a feeling that I needed to take a break from work and check Elevenwarriors for a Grey Box...YES!


Dayton Buckeye's picture

Best news of the day. Addressing the lack of depth at LB.  Yes!

BuckeyeSki's picture

You think somebody woulda told the poor kid Omar was comin' before he got right up on top of him

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Sauce Bauss's picture

Welcome home Dante! Glad to have you in the class. 

Boxley's picture

Wait, isn't this the BIG recruiting news that 9Route was getting ready to reveal tomorrow, dang he got pimped again, poor lil 9route.
Nice Memorial day weekend news bump.

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ArizonaBuckeye's picture

Dante Booker...I mean, that name just sounds like a badass linebacker. Congrats Dante! You chose the good guys! Go Buckeyes!

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Jangs78's picture

Gray Box, how I love thee!  Welcome aboard Dante!

Crimson's picture

Welcome Mr. Booker!  Suck it, ND.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEETTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!  Welcome to the Buckeye Nation Dante!  You are going to love it here!  Your mission, since you have chosen to accept it, is to immediately grow your hatred of wolverine rodents - they're easy to find because they smelly and wear stupid looking helmets!!

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Buckabroad's picture

Dante, thank you for really making my day, week and month! I am extremely happy to have you with us and want to welcome you to Buckeye Nation. The Buckeyes will be that much stronger with you on the team. I will look forward to seeing you dominate our opponents on the field and to lifting that crystal ball in the years to come!

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

Maestro's picture


vacuuming sucks

ATT2121's picture

Welcome Dante! (insert dancing banana gif here)


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Basso Profondo's picture

I just bought a bike three weeks ago and already had to replace one of the tires due to a nasty piece of glass.  While I was in the shop watching my limited money drain away I had my day improved immensely by seeing this.  Thank you Mr. Booker.

BSTP DeCon's picture

Thank you for committing to tOSU, Dante! GREAT weekend just started!!!

Citrus's picture

Merry Christmas to us!

Buckeyeneer's picture


"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

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9Route's picture

Congrats Dante, welcome aboard!
& Wow, just wow. Well, luckily for me --- I have a two other announcements in addition to what would have been this. Okay. wow.

I'm just happy to be here

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Here was how the news was taken in Ann Arbor today...

Welcome to Buckeye Nation Dante!  Look forward to seeing you create a Dante's Inferno in Columbus for when the Team Up North comes to visit!!  Their fans will look just like we see here
Go Buckeyes!!

Poison nuts's picture

This genuinely made a bad day better.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

ODEEZ330's picture

Love urban locking up the 330

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tae1986's picture

Didn't expect to see a grey box today... Pleasant Surprise!!! Welcome aboard!!
This news made my day!!!

Remind yourself, Nobody built like you, You designed yourself.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture


The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

Defiance J's picture

That creep can roll man. 

BME_Buckeye's picture

I like this pick up! Welcome to Buckeye Nation! 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


Dougger's picture

Great news!
Is it odd that I mostly just scroll through the commnets to see the funny gifs that seems mandatory for an occasion like this?

I like football