Elite School Soccer Recruit Tyler Booker Set for Formidable June Pre-Resolution Set
The college football world is open again.
Starting Tuesday, programs and prospects were actually able to spend time together on campus for the first time since the pandemic stopped personal recruiting last March. Thousands of high school football players have already made their first trips and more are planning to do so through the open window.
But few will collect the air miles like that Tyler Booker.
The Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy’s Offensive Line prospectus plans to hold all five official visits over the next four weeks before returning to its New Haven, Connecticut home to evaluate the handful of options.
A commitment between finalists Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Ohio State, and Oregon is due “sometime in July”.
Florida has its first chance to impress the 6’5 “, 320-pound Booker and his family. It’s an assignment that comes from a growing relationship with Dan Mullen and a long-standing fan base that has been the eclectic offensive lineman since Tim Tebow has been on the program has, more likely, intended is made plays in the SEC and beyond.
“It’s the closest thing I had to a dream school,” Booker told SI All-American. “My uncle (Ulish Booker) went to Michigan state so he was between these two, but Michigan state wasn’t good so it was Florida.
“That was when the Tebow mania was underway.”
The trip to Gainesville begins Thursday evening and lasts into the weekend. The aspiring senior will then return to New Haven before competing at the Under Armor Future 50 Camp the following weekend. Official visits will resume shortly, with Oregon (starting June 14), Georgia (June 18), Ohio State (June 21), and Alabama (June 25) rounding off the month.
While touring each campus, wearing famous jerseys, and meeting with coaches and administrators will be new given the unusual recruitment conditions of 2022, Booker is more focused on what the college campus presence will create internally.
“It’s not so much what I want to see, but what I want to feel,” he said. “I want to feel at home, I want to feel this love. Because I feel that any energy that flows into me, I will immediately give it back to a school, I want them to give it back to me. I’m looking for that familiar feeling of going somewhere where I feel like I have priority. “
Many of Booker’s trips are one at a time, with minimal downtime between trips to rest or assess what happened on campus. However, since he has been collecting scholarship offers since graduating from Oradell (NJ) Bergen Catholic High School and working towards traveling across America, he expects the energy to continue to increase despite the ambitious schedule.
“I’ve dreamed about it since I knew what official visits were,” said Booker. “I’ve dreamed of taking kids on official visits since playing the college football video games, and I’ve looked forward to them for so long.
“It’s a dream come true to actually make them.”
Several family members, including their parents, will be taken on each of the five official visits, and an ongoing evaluation will be made during the month of June.
Then follows an oral commitment that effectively ends the four-year recruitment process for one of America’s top offensive line contenders.
“It’s a bittersweet moment,” he said. “It’s bitter in the sense that I’ll miss the opportunity to reach out to these coaches and draw as much as possible from them in terms of technique and life lessons.
“The nice thing about it is closing it down, tying myself to a school and – although I’m late for it – recruiting to win a national championship with that school. And I will be able to concentrate and join my IMG team with my brothers and finish another national championship run. “
Booker plans to take part in the Under Armor All-America Game 2022 in January.
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