The real package deal for nation’s No. 5 CB prospect Andrew Booth
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Andrew Booth Jr. is going to be a package deal for somebody. Say that out loud. He might laugh at that.
Phillips and Wooden both have UGA offers. They all offer up an average percentage chance anywhere from 60 to 70 percent regarding the chances of all three of those guys choosing the same college.
“It might be going up,” Jalyn Phillips said.
That’s the stuff writers bring up when they have nothing else to offer. That feels familiar and comfortable.
Say it again: Andrew Booth is going to be a package deal. Alicia Booth, his twin sister, will not laugh at that.
“We are a package deal,” Alicia says. “He can’t leave me behind.”
Andrew was born 2 minutes earlier. Alicia says wherever he goes, she will follow.
“That’s my best friend,” Alicia says. “He’s my everything. We do everything together. We have a really, really close relationship. I’m their manager for their football team. I make sure he has everything.”
Booth called his twin “his water in the desert.” She will know his final decision before anybody. Any coach.
Does she know already? She hopes he will eventually choose Auburn, Clemson or FSU. Those are her favorites. But they might not be his.
“You think I would know but he doesn’t know yet. Some people feel because I’m his twin they would expect me to know already. But Drew will have you thinking that you know where he is going to go and then he will switch it up with you.”
It still seems hard to fathom Booth is one of the nation’s elite cornerbacks. When he entered high school, he was maybe 5 feet and 5 inches tall.
He weighed maybe 130 pounds.
Then he grew about 6 or 7 inches in a year.
Now 6-feet tall, maybe even an inch north of that, Booth weighs around 190 pounds. He just looks like what a future NFL corner is supposed to look like in high school.
“That’s another thing that keeps me hungry,” Booth says. “I was that 5-foot-4 kid fighting for a position on the ninth-grade team. That’s just what keeps me hungry and humble. It gave me a lot of fuel.”
God thank you for presenting me with countless opportunities through this recruiting process, it’s been amazing & I know I could never adequately thank you enough 🙏🏿
— Andrew Booth Jr. (@andrewbooth21) April 15, 2018
Why Andrew Booth matters to 2019 at UGA
Everyone has their own take on the interwebs when it comes to the hot-click topic of UGA’s most wanted recruits for 2019. If there is a legit list out there, it would have to include Booth. Very, very high.
Five-star Georgia pledge Nolan Smith said so. He called out Booth at The Opening Atlanta regional as a guy he, without a doubt, had to play with. Smith has been in Booth’s ear for months now.
Smith said he “needs” Andrew Booth. He needs a back end. He pointed out what happened to UGA in the National Championship Game.
“That’s my guy,” Booth said of Smith. “He’s a funny guy. You have got to love him. That’s just what he has always been saying to me. He can help me out and I can help him out on the same defense.”
Kirby Smart and Mel Tucker are also telling him the same things, too.
“They love my size,” Booth said. “Coach Tucker and Coach Smart tell me that I can play anywhere in the secondary with my football smarts and my physicality. They say that I am a priority.”
Booth felt his interest in UGA is growing.
“It is turnt up,” Booth said. “They are coming hard. It is just 41 minutes away from here. My mom loves that.”
Georgia tells Booth that he is a priority. But so does every other school that has seen his highlight tape.
“Every school has a different vibe,” Booth said. “But I feel like Georgia really does have their own. They let me know. Knowing the type of player that I am and how I feel about the way I play, they really do let me feel that I am a priority for them.”
He said that he does feel stronger about the chances of playing for Georgia after the program turned up its recruiting interest over the last 4-5 months.
The Clemson appeal to Andrew Booth
Booth was in Clemson last weekend for the Tigers’ spring game. It wouldn’t be inaccurate to call Clemson a dream school for Booth coming up.
Clemson, in his own words, was one of the first big schools to show a lot of interest. The Tigers feel like family to him. It is comfortable. Not too close, not too far.
“They check all of them,” Booth said regarding the boxes. “How they play their corners. Their length in how they like their corners. Then their scheme.”
Booth feels he could play quickly at Clemson. He had a very good time at their spring game on Saturday.
“There’s never a dull moment in The Valley,” Booth said. “I love it every time I go.”
He’s not certain if he will be at G-Day this weekend (4 p.m. ET, Saturday, News 95.5 FM / AM 750 WSB). Booth might choose Tennessee, instead.
Looking ahead, Booth will not enroll early. His current plan is to take his official visits in the next 2-3 months.
He has a list of about 7-10 teams in mind to watch out for. Booth kept those close to his vest, but there’s a very good chance his eventual choice will come from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, FSU, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Auburn, Clemson, FSU, Georgia, Ohio State and Tennessee have been recruiting him the hardest of late.
“Those schools can say whatever they want,” Booth said. ‘The volume of how many times they reach out does not matter. It is all about the vibe we get when we speak or when we chat together on FaceTime.”
When he commits, that will be it. That word “commitment” means a great deal to him.
Andrew Booth just seems like he’s wired differently
Watch that film. Booth plays with passion — sometimes maybe a little too much. There was that time he tried to take on half a team by himself.
He also has great change-of-direction ability and ball skills.
Booth was a quarterback growing up. So the ball skills are all there. But he also grew up training his feet. That shows.
There is also that swag element to his game. The Deion Sanders stuff. But there’s also a strong old-school element to the way he goes about his business, as well.
i play football for a few reasons, & having hype behind my name isn’t one of em 😂👎🏿 I was taught to stay low, out the hype, & GRIND. I don’t go to camps bc i don’t need to… but football with out pads is real cute though 😘 lol u want answers, come c me on a Friday night 😉.
— Andrew Booth Jr. (@andrewbooth21) April 13, 2018
No one is going to find him seeking out rankings and praise at the prospect camps. That’s just not his thing.
Football, to him, is played with the pads on.
“I’ve already got the offers,” Booth said. “I just worry about my team and high school football. None of that other stuff with the rankings even matters to me at all.”
He’s still rated the nation’s No. 5 cornerback prospect for 2019 in the 247Sports composite. Booth also checks in as the No. 47 player overall and carries a 3.6 GPA.
Booth credits the support from both of his parents. His mother, Francine, is an accountant. She’s probably too busy to read this right now.
“My mom wakes up super early in the morning,” he said. “She wakes up before me and then she goes to sleep after I do. That’s all I have to think about with working hard. For my mom. That’s my spark plug right there. Very smart lady. It is money time for her. It is tax season. She’s my superhero. She gets to it.”
His father, Andrew Sr., is where he gets his physical heart from. His caring side.
“Whatever I do, he is always going to have my back,” Booth said. “He’s laid back. He always wants me to do what is best for me.”
Booth is from a family of athletes. He is the fourth out of seven children. Older sister Andria plays softball at Gardner-Webb and as of Monday night leads the nation in hits.
There is a history of athletic achievement among all the siblings in his family. So the 4-star recruit is grounded by the fact he’s not the only big deal at the supper table.
— Alia Booth (@aliajbooth) April 12, 2018
“She was always faster than me,” Andrew said of Andria. “It killed me. That made me work so hard.”
Booth loves social studies. He wants to study business in college.
He’s also got his mind on another potential package deal: If he could play with any three players in college one day, who would those be?
“It would definitely be some help on the defensive line to pressure the quarterback and help out what I do,” he said. “It would be my boy Nolan (Smith), my guy Colby (Wooden) and then (North Gwinnett cornerback) Warren Burrell on the other side. I like his game. If we played together and he was on the other corner, then we would have the best secondary in the world.”
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