Dominique Booth plans to graduate from IU, continue playing career elsewhere #iufb

Former four-star receiver Dominique Booth’s playing days at Indiana are over.

But his football career — in some form or capacity — may not be done.

IU coach Kevin Wilson said Tuesday that Booth and cornerback Donovan Clark have been classified as medical disqualifiers by Indiana team doctors. The Big Ten has also signed off on those waivers. Both players will remain with the program as student coaches, roles that Booth and Clark have occupied throughout this year’s spring practice.

However, Booth wants to eventually continue playing football, and after he graduates from Indiana next spring, he intends to do so as long as another school is willing to medically clear him.

“It is fact that I have accepted a medical at IU because their medical staff did not clear me to participate any longer,” Booth wrote in a message posted to his Twitter account on Tuesday. “My career is not over. I have elected to transfer and play elsewhere because every other doctor I have seen has cleared me to continue my career.”

Injuries robbed Booth of playing time last fall and again this spring. He underwent surgery on his hand in October, redshirting his sophomore season. Wilson announced at the beginning of March that an undisclosed injury would once again keep him inactive for spring practice.

“I told him he ought to be a coach as he moves forward,” Wilson said.

That may be the path Booth ultimately follows, but first he plans to entertain offers from other schools across the country. Between now and his expected graduation in 2017, Booth will assist IU offensive coordinator Kevin Johns as a student coach with the Hoosiers’ receivers.

According to a report by 247 Sports, Booth is set to visit Mississippi State this weekend. He told 247 Sports that he’s also considering Kansas, Missouri, Oregon, Ball State and Oklahoma State. He’ll have two years of eligibility remaining — and possibly a third if the NCAA accepts a petition.

“I have my eye on a few schools, but I’m open to pretty much anyone at this moment,” Booth wrote. “I have talked to schools from every Power 5 conference and some MAC and some AAC schools.”

It’s been a disappointing string of months for Booth, who entered the 2015 season as IU’s leading receiver after J-Shun Harris went down with a knee injury last summer. Booth played in all 12 games as a freshman in 2014 and started the final six, catching eight passes for 70 yards. He had his best game that season on Nov. 8 against Penn State, making four receptions for a career-high 33 yards. Booth has been on IU’s campus since the winter of 2014.

Before that, he was a highly-regarded prep receiver at Pike, where he set school records for receptions (145), receiving yards (1,851) and receiving touchdowns (21). At one point, Booth was rated the No 2 prospect in the state and the No. 31 receiver in the nation. Booth originally committed to Tennessee in July 2013, choosing the Volunteers over Florida State, Vanderbilt and Alabama. He reopened his recruitment four months later.

By the time he was ready to commit to Indiana in January 2014, Booth was the fourth four-star, in-state recruit in two years to flip for Indiana. During the prior recruiting cycle in 2013, IU also signed four-star recruits David Kenney, a defensive end from Pike, Ben Davis safety Antonio Allen and North Central defensive tackle Darius Latham.

“This was not a matter of ability and there are no hard feelings,” Booth wrote. “This is the business of college football and I’m looking forward to helping IU have a great 2016 season and then continuing my pursuit of greatness.”

4 comments

  1. Although I am sorry we didn’t get to see Booth’s talent at IU he shows the quality of young man he is by graduating and staying on to help Coach Johns. As much as I hate Booth not blossoming at IU, the team is loaded with WR with talent. The team needs Patrick at receiver and another couple step up to be big production players.

    I hope by the time Fall practice comes around Clark is healthy and medically cleared to play.

  2. I misunderstood Clark’s situation as Coach Wilson stated on his video talk that Clark would follow the same path Booth is. It is great both are going to graduate and help out the coaches. They both sound like quality young men.

  3. Glad to see this lad getting his degree, but I have no idea what this medical clearance stuff is about. Team doc says he’s not healthy, but he can go elsewhere (presumably when cleared by the new team doc)? I guess he’s a football reject but still has his scholarship, which is a good thing. Two years eligibility left? Weird.

  4. Yes, very weird. Either IU’s team doctors are being very cautious and risk averse, hopefully for the safety of the players, or his physical problems will be resolved with more time, or we’re not getting the full story. The other schools he’s looking at obviously have high quality team doctors and would not be likely to green light him if they thought he had a serious medical condition that could put him and the school at risk.

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