If you go back to his freshman year, Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary High school linebacker Dante Booker has improved with every snap, series and game according to his head coach Dan Boarman.
Booker joins Doran Grant as U.S. Army All-Americans to come out of St. Vincent-St. Mary.
A starter on the varsity football team from day one, Booker’s growth as a player has culminated into him blossoming into a national recruit and now a U.S. Army All-American.
Booker will play in the 14th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 4 inside the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, Texas. The game will be broadcasted on NBC.
“As a football player he has grown every year,” Boarman said. “We’re looking for big things from him next year and we’re looking for him to dominate football games. He’s already shown he can do that and we’re looking for it even more-so.”
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Booker is ranked by 247Sports as the nation’s No. 4 outside linebacker and No. 83 prospect overall. He favors his offer from Ohio State over scholarships from the likes of Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State and Tennessee.
In 2012, Booker was named a First Team All-Ohio selection and the Division III Defensive Player of the Year after helping lead his team to a state championship.
“I think the biggest thing is first of all his size and strength and also his ability to run,” Boarman said. “He has great lateral movement and straight-ahead movement. That’s probably the thing that best epitomizes him.
“A very-quality kid, mature beyond his age right now,” Boarman continued. “That was one of the reasons we moved him up to varsity as a freshman. We noticed his maturity not only from a physical standpoint but from a mental standpoint. He fit in right away and he’s become more of a leader and more of a vocal leader since.”
Booker becomes the second player from St. Vincent-St. Mary to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, as current Ohio State defensive back Doran Grant played in the 2011 game.
“It’s definitely an honor,” Booker said. “It’s definitely real exciting seeing all the guys in the (NFL) now that have played in the game, and it seems like a really good cause. We’ll be playing for such a great cause.”
Booker can’t wait to make new friends and see how he stacks up against the nation’s best.
“I look forward to just meeting people and playing with all the other top athletes,” he said.
As far as recruiting goes, Booker plans to visit Ohio State this weekend. There are no other future trips currently scheduled.