Dante Booker
Dante  Booker



High School:
St. Vincent-St. Mary

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 240



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Ohio State Overview: Dante Booker is an experienced, fifth-year senior linebacker for the Buckeyes who has played in 33 games and started seven times … a shoulder issue kept him from competing during the 2018 spring drills … in the 2017 season, he came back from a knee injury the prior year, which prompted a red-shirt season, to start six games before a late season injury sidelined him for the duration … a three-year Varsity O letterwinner, Booker had 31 tackles, including 5.0 tackles-for-loss, in 2017 … recorded his first career interception in the win over Rutgers … had a career-high seven tackles vs. Nebraska and had career-highs of four solo tackles vs. Indiana and Rutgers … was named a “champion” by the Ohio State coaches for efforts in wins over Rutgers, Maryland, Nebraska and Penn State … Booker played in 11 games as a true freshman for the 2014 College Football Playoff national champions, including 21 plays vs. No. 1 Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl and 20 plays vs. Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game … has 62 career tackles entering the 2018 season … he was a high school teammate of Buckeye wide receiver Parris Campbell and is majoring in sports industry.

Notable Note: Booker spent a week in Equador in May 2017 as part of the Athletic Department’s involvement with the Soles4Souls program, a community service and goodwill effort dedicated to fighting poverty through the distribution of shoes and clothing.

Honors & Awards
2015: Academic All-Big Ten Conference
2014: OSU Scholar-Athlete

More on Dante: The 2013 Ohio Mr. Football, Dante Booker was considered one of the very best players in the nation with a five star rating from 247Sports and a No. 13 overall ranking … the first defensive player to win Ohio Mr. Football since Andy Katzenmoyer in 1995, Booker was rated the No. 2 outside linebacker by 247Sports, the No. 4 OLB by Scout and the No. 4 inside linebacker by Rivals … ESPN rated him No. 8 on the outside … additionally: he was a Top 100 player nationally by Rivals and Scout and No. 130 on the ESPN 300 … Associated Press Division III all-state in 2012 and 2013, and the defensive player of the year in 2013 … totaled 126 tackles as a senior and lead St. Vincent-St. Mary to back-to-back state championships, including a perfect, 15-0 record in 2013 and a 13-2 mark in 2012 … also had 24 tackles-for-loss, eight sacks and two interceptions for coach Dan Boarman’s Fighting Irish as a senior … named in 2013 a Parade All-American, USA Today All-American, U.S. Army All-American, the Akron Beacon Journal player of the year and the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards’ high school athlete of the year … is the son of Nicole Hartman and Dante Booker Sr. … father played collegiately at Auburn and in the Canadian Football League.