St. Vincent-St. Mary junior linebacker Dante Booker Jr. committed Thursday to play football at Ohio State University on scholarship.
Booker is the second St. V-M junior to give Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer a commitment recently, following junior running back Parris Campbell Jr.
“It is a great opportunity,” Booker said. “I am excited to get the chance to play with Parris in college. It feels great to make the decision and I look forward to playing my senior year of high school.”
Booker, 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, and Campbell helped St. V-M win the Division III state football championship in 2012, and both played on the Fighting Irish boys basketball team that was the Division II state runner-up in 2013.
Booker, 17, said he also “seriously looked at Notre Dame” and received approximately 14 scholarship offers from Division I colleges.
“Obviously, you are talking about a great university in Ohio State,” St. V-M coach Dan Boarman said. “It is a great place to go to school and a great place to play football. I think it comes down to there wasn’t a bad choice for Dante. He had several options, and they were all good options.”
Booker is ranked the eighth-best outside linebacker in the country, and he is ranked third in the state of Ohio.
He had 157 tackles, 11 sacks and three fumble recoveries as a sophomore. He made 81 tackles and had nine sacks, dealing with injuries last season.
Booker said the Buckeyes recruited him to play outside linebacker. He is the ninth OSU recruit for the class of 2014. He and Campbell join guard Marcelys Jones, offensive tackle Kyle Trout, cornerback Damon Webb, linebacker Kyle Berger, athlete Sam Hubbard, defensive end Dylan Thompson and wide receiver Lonnie Johnson.
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