Dominique Booth, 4-star wide receiver from Indianapolis, Ind., has a top four of Alabama, Florida State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. While all four programs are great options, there's one that would provide him with the best fit: Tennessee.
The Volunteers have been hot on the recruiting trail and Butch Jones has his program set up to finish the 2014 recruiting cycle as one of the better recruiting programs in the nation. His presence alone has drastically changed the perception of Tennessee football.
Which program is the best fit for Booth?
At the very least, Tennessee's offense projects to be much better, but with the talent he's bringing in right now, a turnaround in Knoxville should be expected—on both sides of the ball.
Booth is the No. 23 wideout in the 2014 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, and he's 6'1'', 200 pounds—good size for a wide receiver.
While Alabama's draw is hard to deny, Booth would be looking at a depth chart that has players like 5-star 2013 wideout Robert Foster, Chris Black and Amari Cooper in front of him. In a known power offense, it's not as if Alabama will be spreading the field with five wideouts, so Booth would have less opportunity with the Crimson Tide.
The Seminoles signed three wideouts in 2013, highlighted by 4-star receivers Isaiah Jones and Levonte Whitfield. They also already have the commitments of 2014 4-star receiver Markell Pack, 3-star wideout C.J. Worton and 4-star athlete/wide receiver Jojo Robinson. If everything stays as is, there's not a glaring need for Booth at FSU.
Speaking of lack of need, James Franklin is a great recruiter for Vanderbilt and the school's academic reputation is stellar, but the Commodores signed five wideouts in 2013.
Now, the same could be said for Tennessee, with three 2013 wide receivers signed and one enrolled, but MarqQuez North was the only 4-star receiver of that bunch, according to the 247Sports composite. In regard to the 2014 class, even though the Volunteers have already picked up two wide receivers in 3-stars Lawrence Lee and Kameel Jackson, as it stands, Booth would still be the marquee receiver in the class.
Remember, every rebuild comes with opportunity, and Tennessee would provide Booth with the opportunity to shine alongside a great receiver like North, in a system that will put up yards and points. Jones' Cincinnati squad notched 32.3 points per game in 2012 and totaled 3,104 yards and 25 touchdowns through the air (cfbstats.com).
In established schemes at Alabama, Vandy and Florida State, there may not be a need for coaches to shake things up and give Booth a chance to shine early on. At Tennessee, Jones needs to figure out what he has and he needs to make a splash in the next two seasons. 2013 will be more of a trial year, but 2014 will be an integral season for Jones. Booth could come along in the scheme's second year and be a big playmaker for the Volunteers.
Booth and his family have decided to postpone the announcement.
"We want to be 100% comfortable with his decision and enjoy his summer before making such an important decision," Mark Booth, Dominique's father posted on Twitter.
It makes sense.
He could be a big name for a rebuilding program that desperately needs star power. The offense will put up points, he could play in the SEC and perhaps he'll have a chance to be part of a memorable turnaround.