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 a fourth-year junior who missed the 2016 season after injuring his knee in the first game of the season ... he was a starter before his injury and was the No. 1 strong side linebacker throughout 2017 spring drills ... a veteran of 23 games and a two-time Varsity O letterwinner, Booker enters the season with 31 career tackles ... he was a high school teammate of Buckeye wide receiver Parris Campbell and is majoring in sports industry.

Notable: Booker spent a week in Equador this May as part of the Athletic Department's involvement with the Soles 4 Souls program, a community service and goodwill effort dedicated to fighting poverty through the distribution of shoes and clothin ... the Equador trip is the fourth such trip Ohio State student-athletes have been a prt of; others went to Costa Rica, Jamaica and Bolivia.

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

2016 Season (Red-shirt): Booker started the season opener against Bowling Green at linebacker but injured his knee after 12 plays and was lost for the season ... he had two solo tackles at the time of his injury. 

2015 Season (Sophomore): Booker played 98 snaps on defense and another 99 on special teams for 197 total plays as a sophomore for the 12-1 Buckeyes … he recorded 22 tackles with a career-high game of five tackles vs. Penn State, including four solo stops, four-tackle games vs. Virginia Tech and Maryland and three solo tackles vs. Michigan … was awarded his second Varsity O letter.

2014 Season (Freshman): Booker played in 11 games for the 2014 College Football Playoff national champions as a true freshman … he had his first collegiate action with 11 plays on defense vs. Kent State and he played on special teams in 10 additional games ... he had a high game of 21 plays vs. No. 1 Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl … also had 20 plays vs. Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game … earned his first Varsity O letter.

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: 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 Jourrnal player of the year and the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards' high school athlete of the year ... had 90 tackles and 14 TFLs as a junior and 157 tackles and 11 sacks as a sophomore ... teammate of 2014 Buckeye recruit Parris Campbell ... is the son of Nicole Hartman and Dante Booker Sr. ... father played collegiately at Auburn and in the Canadian Football League.