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Ohio Linebacker Bam Booker Shining as Defensive Leader

Maryland's third linebacker commit in the 2021 class has made his presence felt with the playoffs approaching.

While local prospects await the final verdict for fall sports, only a handful of Maryland’s commits have suited up to play this fall as both Florida and Ohio moved forward. Florida tight end Weston Wolff reeled in a 21-yard touchdown last week to Venice and the offense get back to their winning ways, safety Corey Coley and Trinity Christian Catholic are at .500 heading into Friday’s contest, but Ohio linebacker Bam Booker has turned heads as he anchors a stout Winton Woods (OH) team into the playoffs.

Booker notched a pair of defensive touchdowns in the first three games and logged five tackles, a pair of sacks and a forced fumble in Friday’s win over Anderson as head coach Andre Parker notes the difference from year three to year four. “He’s been playing great. He’s got a couple touchdowns, at least four or five sacks, great leader for the team, doing everything he’s asked for,” Parker told All Terrapins. 

Friday’s season-finale will be the last tune up before the state playoffs as Winton Woods looks to move to 6-0 on the season, while a victory also secures a league championship behind a perfect 4-0 record. Booker, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound linebacker, has been a defensive force along the way as the focus on “the little things” has translated in his senior season. “I just think he’s mentally locked in. He’s doing everything he’s been asked to do, playing hard and practicing hard and doing a lot of leading by example. We move him around a little bit, try to put him in position where it’s the team strength so they have to go through him. Just attention to detail, really understanding how people are trying to play us, doing it a lot better.”

Booker joins St. Frances (MD) Terrance Butler as the two commitments at the JACK for the Terps’ 2021 class while Hutchinson (KS) inside linebacker Gereme Spraggins rounds out the three-man class at linebacker. Booker announced his commitment back on July 29 as the Terps enter October with a strong 20-man class.