Clemson officially signed prize recruit Andrew Booth this morning. Booth hails from Lawrenceville, GA (Archer) where he was the undeniable leader of the team, playing both ways and serving as Archer’s return man on special teams. The 5-star measures at 6’1’’ 188lb and is rated as the #2 CB in the 2019 class and #19 player overall per the 247Sports Composite®.
Booth’s lead recruiter was Mike Reed, who deserves a ton of credit for snagging such a highly sought-after recruit. Booth ended up choosing Clemson over Georgia and runner up Auburn in a decision that surprised some SEC insiders. However, Booth always seemed more like a Clemson fit. His recruitment wasn’t highly publicized, he made minimal rounds on the camp circuit, and has been unwavering in his commitment since July.
Booth will compete for early playing time next year, especially if Trayvon Mullen were to declare early for the NFL draft. He is the long-armed corner that Brent Venables targets for his defense. He also possesses elite speed and acceleration that will make him impossible to keep off the field. He has the hands and vertical ability to win 50/50 balls. Last, he’s a sure tackler who barrels towards the ball with a linebacker’s mentality. When you watch him play, even against elite competition, he jumps off the screen as the best and most confident player on the field. Booth checks all the boxes and will be an impact player in 2019.
Get your popcorn ready and watch his hudl film here.
Certified man crush.
Remember when I said this guy was going to be a 5* recruit when all was said and done and the recruiting services would come around? Booth has been my top overall need and want for Clemson in the 2019 class on the defensive side of the ball and probably overall (apart from a 5* Olineman).
This was a struggle at the finish line. Georgia came on strong and tried to flip him, but was unsuccessful. Booth is one of these key players that gives Clemson enough top level talent that it doesn’t need to worry about numbers at positions. Booth should be an anchor player on the defense and in the secondary.
Booth gives Clemson another elite CB to pair immediately with AJ Terrell after Mullen most likely heads to the NFL after this season and Mark Fields exhausts his eligibility (also one of McMichael and Goodrich could be used at Safety). Brent Venable’s scheme, especially with the entire defensive line headed to the NFL, needs elite corner play where he can stick players on an island in man coverage without Safety help over the top, freeing up another player to blitz and get pressure. Booth provides that player.
Booth is extremely physical at the point of attack. He comes up and lays a hit in run support—vicious, sure tackler. Very fast, with fluid movement and the ability to turn his hips. Already shows great technique at the high school level. He could get 5 pounds stronger, but he is strong enough to play early and often next year.
Length. Great recovery ability in coverage because of his length. Flips his hips fluidly and attacks the ball in the air, using that length.