Wide receiver Dominique Booth (Indianapolis/Pike) has really enjoyed watching the Michigan offense over the past few seasons. With a quarterback like Denard Robinson anything can happen, and Booth has made sure to keep tabs.
But as the Michigan coaching staff began recruiting the 2014 prospect, Booth quickly realized he couldn't really take the current play into account when he was making a decision about his future.
"With Michigan, I'm not as concerned with what the offense does now because it'll be so different when Denard graduates," Booth said. "So I just try to look at the receivers and see how they've been trained, what they do well. It's not so much watching the scheme and stuff."
Booth, who will be at both the Michigan-Notre Dame and Michigan-Michigan State games this season (though the Notre Dame game will be on an unofficial visit with the Irish), is paying more attention to everything around the ball and the young players on the field.
For Michigan, which has fielded 12 true freshmen this season, it's easy for him to watch and see who will be playing when he hits the college level. But he's also keeping track of what the 2013 and 2014 targets are doing in high school and in the rankings.
"I always look at the quarterbacks coming up with me or the young ones that are already there," Booth said. "And then you have to look everywhere else. Who do they have at running back coming up? Because they won't be able to throw the ball unless you can run the ball."
It's important for Booth to take in the future for all of the schools that are coming at him because he hopes to make a decision in December or January. The Wolverines have yet to offer him, but he's putting together his game tape and will bring it to the matchup against the Spartans on Oct. 20.
He's holding out for a Michigan offer, as well as offers from Ohio State and Tennessee. But he has a lot to consider since he already has more than 10 offers from schools such as Cal, Wisconsin and Michigan State.
Booth has been very impressed with the Michigan coaching staff and has been in contact with secondary coach Curt Mallory. And he hopes the staff is equally impressed with his game film.
So far this season he has five touchdowns on 29 catches, but his team switched offensive coordinators after the second game this season so there has been a bit of a shift in the atmosphere and offense at Pike High School.
But he's hoping his tape is good enough to impress so he can grab those final three offers, make some visits and make his final decision to commit early. He has watched the impact that other players such as 2013 Michigan commit Shane Morris have had on recruiting classes. He knows that if he commits early then he can help to build a class from the inside.
"I want to be one of the first to commit to wherever I go," Booth said. "I want to help make a great recruiting class around me and for my school."