How does priority CB target Andrew Booth feel about UGA?
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Nolan Smith dropped a name at The Opening Atlanta regional on Sunday. That name was Andrew Booth.
Booth is a 4-star cornerback prospect in the Class of 2019. He rates as the nation’s No. 5 cornerback and No. 47 overall prospect on the 247Sports composite rankings.
Smith wants to play with him at Georgia. Badly.
He had this to say about how much the elite cornerback would bring to the class.
“I need DBs,” Smith said. “I need a back end. Andrew Booth. I need you. Andrew Booth. I need you. You’re a DB. You’re an amazing DB. I need DBs. Like that. We’ve already got the wide receivers. We’ve already got the running backs and we’ve already got D-linemen. Inside linebackers. Outside linebackers.
“We need DBs.”
While there’s a huge inventory of topics to share for the Intel from The Opening, it only made sense to catch up with a player who was not at the Atlanta regional on Sunday.
That’s Booth from Archer High School in Lawrenceville, Ga. He checks in at 6-foot-1 and weighs 188 pounds.
How does Andrew Booth feel about UGA right now?
When DawgNation spoke with Booth in October, it didn’t sound as if the Bulldogs were making a move for the talented Archer cornerback.
That has changed. Drastically.
“The communication went up there,” he said. “That was a key part.”
Booth said he got the chance to know Smith at a Georgia junior day event reserved for commits and elite targets earlier this year.
“He was there and we chopped it up a lot at UGA,” Booth said. “He was just talking about the school.”
Smith said UGA could’ve used more defensive backs like that last season in the national title game against Alabama.
“He can help in a huge way,” Smith said. “Everyone has seen the National Championship [Game]. In Cover-2 you have to jam the receiver. You can’t be talking about having help over the top. I feel like if we had someone like a nice DB who could sit there and make a play or make a play on a ball, that’s the difference in winning a national championship and being a participant in the National Championship Game.”
Booth said there’s no commit at any of his other top schools who takes the time to reach out to him the way that Smith does.
“It means a lot,” Booth said. “For somebody of that caliber to place that trust in my game and to feel that way about me. He’s been ‘up’ [as a player] for a minute. I’m still trying to get up there where he is at. It feels really good to hear him say that.”
He had more to say that shows how much he gets team football. He said he knows how a pass rush can help create big plays for him. Rushed throws and harassed passers set him up for takeaways.
But he also knows he can help what Smith is trying to do for the team, too. If his man is covered, that means Smith gets an extra half-second to take down the quarterback.
“We can help each other a lot,” Booth said. “That’s a huge part. We can make each other very successful if we were on the same team.”
He said that he has a leader in the back of his head, but he preferred to keep that to himself.
“I have a private leader,” Booth said. “But anything can change.”
Are the Bulldogs in it for Booth?
“Definitely,” he said. “Yes. Definitely. Georgia is in there.”
He said that relationships with the staff at UGA have worked to shape that interest. The Bulldogs are making him a priority.
“I’ve got some good ones at Georgia,” he said. “I’ve got a good one with Coach [Kirby] Smart and Coach [Mel] Tucker. … The DB position is needed at Georgia.”
Which schools are in it for Andrew Booth?
This will be a tough recruiting battle. The Bulldogs will have to make up some ground on several schools, no matter how much talking or savvy recruiting Smith does.
Booth is one of the nation’s elite corners, ranked as No. 5 on the 247Sports composite. There are a host of schools hoping to pry him out of Georgia.
“There are a lot of schools up there with Georgia,” Booth said. “Clemson. Alabama. Auburn. Florida State. Tennessee. Notre Dame. Ohio State. South Carolina. Michigan.”
He did not grow up a fan of any certain school. He was more of an NFL follower, but he now is more of a college football fan in general.
“I want to make my decision before my senior season,” Booth said. “I want to try to. But if that doesn’t work out I want to be committed before the end of my senior season.”
Booth is working to enroll early, but he doesn’t know if he wants to do that yet. He wants to major in business and said UGA checks off everything he is looking for there.
He might make it to G-Day on April 21. Or he could visit the Alabama spring game on the same day. Which school gets that visit might have an upper hand in the recruiting race here.
Clemson also is seen as a team to watch in Booth’s recruiting.
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That will be at the Dallas Cowboys training facility in Frisco, Texas, this year.
“Dawg, man,” Booth said. “That’s a freak. Straight freak. Dawg. That’s crazy.”
Did you watch Before the Hedges?
Cox Media Group’s Hannah Chalker hosts an in-depth recruiting show every Monday night on the DawgNation Facebook page. Have you seen it yet? There’s some recruiting guy on there who is known to place a few vegetables on his pizza.
Also on the show:
- There is a taped interview with Smith
- 4-star defensive tackle target Travon Walker joins the show
- We go behind the scenes with the recruiting of 4-star 2018 signee Tommy Bush.
- There’s a live Skype interview with recent UGA commit Bill Norton
Check it out below.
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