Q&A: John Beilein checks in on U-M priority Devin Booker


Devin-Booker-at-Michigan-OSU-Game-450x600[1]One of Michigan’s highest recruiting priorities, 2014 combo guard Devin Booker, is receiving attention from all over the map. Booker’s recruitment continues to surge with major interest from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana State, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State and Missouri among others.

Michigan continued its full court press for the Grand Rapids native with a visit to Moss Point, Mississippi from John Beilein earlier this week to watch Booker work out. We caught up with Booker for a quick update on his recruitment, how he thought his workout went, what other visits he has scheduled and more.

John Beilein watched you workout this week?

Yeah he came Monday I think it was.

How’d the workout go?

It went really well. I just worked out with a few of my teammates. My dad put us through a workout. Mississippi State’s head coach was there, also, Coach [Rick] Ray.

Did you get to talk to the coaches?

Yeah, I talked to both of them. I guess there’s a rule where we only get seven times to go down and visit, and if you visit that’s one visit, but if you talk to them that counts as two. So I talked to both of the coaches.

What did you talk to coach Beilein about?

Really, the same thing we’ve been talking about for the past year now. He was just talking about how I’d fit in the offense and how Michigan loves me and they were the first ones there. He was saying he wanted to get my dad on campus for a game this year.

You visited Mississippi St this fall?

Yeah. I went to Mississippi State for their first football game of the season, I’m not sure of the date.

How was it?

It went well. I like the campus a lot. Atmosphere was great. Obviously it was the first game of the season, so there was a lot of people there. I played with the team, also. That was fun. I knew a couple of guys on the team because they played on the same AAU team as me.

Are you planning on visiting Michigan during the football season?

As of now, we don’t have anything set up. But I think it will probably happen—I’ll probably get up there and visit both Michigan State and Michigan if I go up there.

Did you get to visit Missouri?

No I haven’t gotten to visit them yet, but we rescheduled it for October 12.

Do you have a timeline for when you’d like to make a decision?

As of now, I’m just going with the flow. I mean, it’s something that me and my parents haven’t really talked about yet, so right now we’re just going with the flow.

What other visits do you have lined up?

As of now, this year I already went to Alabama and Mississippi State. And Missouri on October 12 and then LSU sometimes in October as well. So, I’m not sure what weekend that will be.

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  • Steve2081

    While I’d LOVE to have an earlier commitment I’m not worried that he’s taking his time. I think our teams performance in the upcoming season will really help separate us from the other teams recruiting him.

  • A2JD

    I think it’s hard to gauge where he’s at. He seems very luke warm about everything. I’d like to see a little more enthusiasm from him, in regards to Michigan.

    • jblair52

      Often times that’s what you get when you recruit a 5* kid – they kind of hold a little more “power” in the process.

    • Mattski

      He’s not going through this long stressful process for us, though. We need to respect that.

      • A2JD

        Oh, I think he seems to really be enjoying it right now. Maybe it will be stressful when he finally feels it’s time to decide but (from the interviews I’ve read) it seems like he’s enjoying the attention and all of the visits he is getting to take.

  • Chris

    There is no reason to visit East Landfill when you are in Michigan. There is only one program in this state with the arrow pointing way up!

  • Bluebufoon

    Vitto Brown committed to Wisconsin on Friday. Apparently U-M never offered him. Wth Horford, Bielfeldt and Donnal locked up for the forseeable future, guess Mr Brown wasn’t a good fit for our roster, but I like the way this kid plays. He’s a nice addition for the Badgers.

    • Steve2081

      Yeah I think Bo just snagged another diamond in the rough.