Anyone who knows anything about recruiting will tell you that in-state recruiting is key, even for a program as big as Ohio State.
Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports reports on the commitment:
Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary Top 100 linebacker Dante Booker announced his commitment to Ohio State on Thursday.
"Officially commited to THE Ohio State University," Booker announced.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Booker chose the in-state Buckeyes over offers from the likes of Notre Dame, Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State and Tennessee.
The Buckeyes' 2014 class now features nine commitments, and Booker is one of the marquee recruits so far.
Here's the tweet from Booker, announcing his decision:
Officially commited to THE Ohio State University #BuckeyeNation— Dante Booker Jr. (@D_Book47) May 23, 2013
He has good height at 6'4'' and decent size for an outside linebacker at 210 pounds. Even at 210, he has the physicality to plug the gap and take on a lead blocker or ball-carrier head on. He's a strong, fundamental hitter, and he'll make plays against the run.
That said, Booker appears to be most comfortable in space or on the edges. He has good quickness, agility and open-field awareness. He'll be able to drop back into coverage and bait quarterbacks into bad throws, and he should be able to turn and run with vertical routes up the seams.
He'll also be able to blitz from the edge and get after the quarterback, and his speed will come in play when he's pursuing from the weak side and running the alley.
With a physical inside linebacker next to him, Booker can be tremendously successful, and that's good news for Ohio State because it is the favorite on Raekwon McMillan's 247sports interest list. McMillan is the No. 1 inside linebacker in the 2014 class, according to the 247Sports composite.
Booker has all the intangibles to be a successful outside linebacker at the college level, and he should only get better during his senior year. He'll also improve drastically under the tutelage of Ohio State's coaching staff.
This next era of Ohio State football should be extremely exciting. Expect Booker to be a big part of it.
Note: All scouting and analysis of Booker done via tape study of film provided on his 247Sports profile page.