The 2019 defensive line class in the state of Ohio is extremely strong, with several players holding Power Five offers, and one of the best is Anthony Booker, from Cincinnati Winton Woods.

Booker, 6-foot-4, 280-pounds, has the size and strength to play defensive tackle at the next level, but also has the reach and foot speed to come off the edge at defensive end.

With nearly 20 offers, Booker has put himself on the recruiting radar and he recently cut his list to a working number of ten schools. He is in no hurry to make a decision.

"I did cut my list down recently, but I don't have a date set to make my decision," Booker stated. "I'm taking my recruiting slowly, and I wouldn't think there would be a decision coming soon at all. I know that spots are filling up so maybe I could make a commitment by mid-season if things work out that way."

"Of the schools I'm considering, I have visited Toledo many times, Cincinnati a few times, and I have also been to Kentucky a few times," he added. "I was also at Indiana for a game last season. I'm also very interested in both Rutgers and Maryland, and want to visit both schools in the next month or so. I'm not sure if Rutgers and Maryland will be official visits or not."

"I haven't really figured out where I want to take my five visits yet, and that will probably be my top-five whenever I get that sorted out," he continued. "My recruiting has gone a little slower because I only played in four games last year, because I was hurt early in the year. I would like to take a few official visits in August."

Even though he did not play as much as he would have liked last season as a junior, Booker performed at the The Opening in Massillon and showed people that he was fully healthy and a force on the defensive line. He was one of the top performers at The Opening going against highly rated offensive linemen.

"I'm working hard to be a better player this season, and provide great leadership for my team because I am a senior," he explained. "I want to do whatever it takes for my team to be able to get the job done, because our goal is always a state championship at Winton Woods. I think I need to be more vocal this year, but I also lead by example."

"I have put on about 15-pounds in the off season, and that should help me be stronger against the run this year," he said. "I've always been able to rush the quarterback, and that is my strength. I'm just glad to be healthy and ready to go. They are going to move me around the front this year, so I could be lined up inside or outside."

Booker is rated as the No. 61 defensive end in the country by the industry-generated 247Sports Composite, and he is line for a rankings bump after his strong summer performances.

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