Dante Booker: What This Means

By Jeremy Birmingham on May 23, 2013 at 4:02p
How does Dante Booker's commitment impact Ohio State's recruiting?

Whenever you land a commitment from a player you've actively and aggressively recruited for over a year, it's a good day. When you land a commitment from said player and beat out Notre  Dame and Michigan, it becomes an even better day. That's what today is for Buckeye fans as Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary star Dante Booker finally pledged to the Buckeyes.

Booker, Ohio State's ninth commitment in their 2014 recruiting class, is ranked as the second best player in the state of Ohio and gives the Buckeyes commitments from three of the state's top four, joining offensive lineman Marcelys Jones of Cleveland Glenville (3rd) and SV-SM teammate and athlete Parris Campbell (4th). He also becomes the sixth commitment overall from the state of Ohio to choose the Buckeyes, an important element as Urban Meyer and his staff look to seal any potential leaks in the border caused by Brady Hoke's nine-man Ohio haul from a year ago.

Linebacker has been a major focus for Ohio State this year, they've offered 17 of them, and Booker becomes the second pure linebacker in a class that should finish with four of them; fellow northeast Ohio star, St. Ignatius LB Kyle Berger, committed to Ohio State in April.

Booker is listed as the 4th best outside linebacker in the country according to 247Sports.com, and he brings speed and depth to a position that the Buckeyes are in need of both. With the possible (likely?) departure of Ohio State Ryan Shazier to the NFL following the 2013 season, Ohio State will look for Booker to fill on special teams and compete for early playing time at linebacker.

6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Booker is a dynamic playmaker on the defensive side of the ball where he employs excellent lateral movement and high-level straight-ahead speed from any of the three linebacker positions. His father was a former Auburn Tiger and the lineage has served the linebacker, who is as quiet off the field as he is disruptive on it, extremely well. He will immediately provide help to Ohio State's front seven and could eventually end up playing with his hand on the ground, although that's not entirely likely.

Ohio State will now turn their attention at linebacker to a pair of out-of-state targets, Georgia's Raekwon McMillan and Pennsylvania star Chase Winovich, both of whom are very high on the Buckeyes. Neither McMillan nor Winovich is likely to be impacted by today's commitment, as both are well aware of their role in Ohio State's plans. 


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lljjgg's picture

IRT Raekwon McMillan: I noticed he already messaged Dante to congratulate him on his commitment. Never hurts! Great players want to play with other great players.

Hovenaut's picture

Thanks for airing this out 11W; glad we landed a homegrown talent, though I immediately thought to how/if this would impact McMillan and Winovich's recruitment.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Now that Booker is in, it's time to work on Lattimore, Kief, and Smith.

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

Poison nuts's picture


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Buckeyenomad's picture

Any opinion from the 11W staff on how this affects McMillan's decision? They aren't projected to play the same position right?

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Raekwon is a pure MLB, Dante will play outside. No effect.

Crimson's picture

What does this mean?

It doesn't mean anything.

JYBUCKEYE's picture

It means were gonna have "Raekwon and the killer b's" for linebackers. 

MotownBuck's picture

I see what you did there
Our linebackers will be nothing to **** with
*Holds up hands to make the "O" sign like the Wu "W" sign"

Trotwood-Madison. Once a Ram, Always a Ram.

cinserious's picture

I just got off work and was greeted with shock,awe,disbelief and pure adrenaline pumping excitement to cap off a pretty crappy day. This 2014 class will have its roots firmly grounded in Ohio plus we will cherry pick the very best across the country as we march on towards 26-OH!
I wouldn't mind summertime commitments from Lattimore, McMillan, and Kief and save the rest for the season and NSD. 

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

Oldschoolbuck's picture

Dude is a man among boys in the video!
Welcome to the best damn school in the land, young man!

Buckeye06's picture

What is your opinion on OSU going to a nickel full time in the future? Will there be a time when OSU is only taking 1-2 LBers a year and instead taking 4-5 DBs every single class?  You can grow into a safety but you can't go backwards from LBer to safety too often. 
If we can have a 6'2'' hybrid who is like 215 he can be a safety in name and sit in the box against teams like Wisky.  I always believe there is a place for 3 LBer sets myself

zhamilton05's picture

That's an interesting thought. For sure if a 230-lb linebacker commits to OSU, he's going to have to realize that unless he snares the starting Mike spot, he may not play much in his career. But I think the quality of LB prospect that Urban & staff are going after is so high that they should be strong AND athletic enough to play multiple positions. Seriously, if Mike Mitchell played safety and Raekwon McMillan turned into a Leo...would the Buckeyes be any worse off?

Buckeyejason's picture

^ seriously?


Buckeyejason's picture

Why should things change? Alabama is dominating college football with big strong LB's..not these small "hybrid" players. 
Whether a kid is 230lbs or not..if he can read, react and run then that's all that matters.


Maffro's picture

Alabama is dominating college football with massive offensive and defensive lines.
Alabama also only plays maybe two teams a year with a top 70 offense. Three now that A&M is in the conference.

allbucksallthetime's picture

Another great addition to the Buckeye family!  Booker seems like a fine young man and I'm excited to see him at OSU!  Go Bucks!