The Ohio State coaching staff landed a huge in-state commitment on Thursday afternoon with the pledge of Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary linebacker Dante Booker. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound prospect had made Buckeye Nation a bit nervous recently with a pair of visits to Notre Dame but ultimately Booker has chosen to keep his talents in the state of Ohio.
"I am officially committed to Ohio State," said Booker. "I am just overwhelmed with all of the reasons to choose Ohio State."
At the end of the day, Booker said it was the total package that Ohio State had to offer that gave the Buckeyes the nod.
"I felt at home," Booker said. "I also want to play in front of one-hundred thousand awesome fans for my home state."
Booker chose the Buckeyes over offers from the likes of Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Penn State, Tennessee, and West Virginia, among others before making the call on Thursday.
Booker also joins teammate Parris Campbell as the second St. Vincent-St. Mary product in the 2014 class to opt for Ohio State. Booker's relationship with Campbell also played a major role in the decision.
"It was definitely a factor in my decision," he said. "It means a lot that I get to rock the same colors as Parris. We have forged a great bond at (St. Vincent-St. Mary)."
Booker is rated the No. 2 player in the state of Ohio by Rivals.com and the No. 108 overall player in the nation in the 2014 recruiting class.