MSU Football picks up 2021 Maryland cornerback recruit

Eric Bach

EAST LANSING – The sports world is on pause at the moment, but that hasn’t stopped Mel Tucker and his staff from making noise in recruiting.

Tucker picked up his sixth verbal commitment from the class of 2021 on Monday, as cornerback Antoine Booth of the prestigious DeMatha Catholic High School in Maryland verbally pledged his services to the Spartans.

Booth, listed as a three-star recruit by 247Sports, is ranked the 39th-best player in the state of Maryland. MSU Director of Player Engagement and former Spartan linebacker Darien Harris also graduated from DeMatha Catholic, along with many other big names in the sports world including NBA players Victor Oladipo, Quinn Cook and Markelle Fultz.

Booth was originally offered by Mark Dantonio’s staff back in January, and when he retired, Tucker maintained the offer. Defensive assistant Ron Burton, who was also on Dantonio’s staff, was Booth’s primary recruiter.

Josh Wilson, a DeMatha grad and former NFL standout who is currently Booth’s position coach at DeMatha told Allen Trieu of the Detroit News that Booth “Plays with an attitude. Is 6-foot with long arms and great quickness. Dad played at James Madison University and had a stint in the NFL. His ball skills are outrageous as well. Has really developed into a lockdown corner as the season went on.”

Michigan State beat out Rutgers, Maryland and Virginia for Booth’s commitment.