He announced his commitment on Twitter on Sunday afternoon, opting for the Cardinal over Notre Dame, Harvard, Princeton and Penn. In Palo Alto, Calif., Booker joins two former Greyhounds teammates -- sophomore running back Dorian Maddox and sophomore offensive tackle Devry Hamilton.
In his tweet, Booker thanked his coaches, teachers, friends and family as well as Gilman, where he has been a student since pre-first.
“It has been a privilege to be recruited by distinguished colleges and universities throughout the country. I have thought deeply about the opportunities afforded me. My family and I are proud and excited that next year, I plan to attend Stanford University!” he wrote.
Gilman coach Tim Holley said Booker’s combination of excellence on the field and in the classroom would make him a great fit for any top academic university.
“He’s the quintessential student-athlete and Stanford University is kind of the quintessential place for a student athlete,” Holley said. “He’s got a line, ‘Don’t sacrifice scholarship for a scholarship’ which is an interesting way to look at the world. Stanford isn’t the only place in the world that cherishes academics and athletics, but I think for him, it was the combination and the high-end academics, because he certainly is looking toward that challenge as much as he’s looking toward being a Division I football player. “
Booker has visited the Stanford campus and he took two classes there before his junior year. He earned A’s in both, economics and African-American science fiction literature.
“The kid is brilliant,” Holley has said.
Recently, Booker, a second-team All-Metro pick as a tight end last season, was part of the DreamFearlessly Fan Vote for a berth in the Under Armour All-America Football Game. One of the 32 players from across the country in the field, he narrowly missed advancing past the first round.