Eric Schmidt

Driven never to compromise, Gilman defensive end Thomas Booker will sign with Stanford

Driven never to compromise, Gilman defensive end Thomas Booker will sign with Stanford

Gilman’s Thomas Booker decided early that he would never “sacrifice scholarship for a scholarship.”

No matter how many alluring opportunities he earned to play Power 5 college football, Thomas Booker the four-star defensive end would not take precedence over Thomas Booker the five-star student.

“At the beginning of my college process, I was always looking for a school that was at the highest level of academics and at the highest level of athletics possible and one that blended the two pretty seamlessly, where academics and athletics not only went together but complemented each other. There was a short list of schools that did that, places like Stanford, places like Notre Dame,...

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