Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Former Washington State/Fresno State commit re-emerging?

Photo courtesy of web.arc.losrios.edu
On the football field, it seems hard to keep track of Devontae Butler-Booker with how fast he is.

Off the field, however, it's hard to keep track of which college he's attending--until now.

The most recent sighting of the former Washington State and Fresno State commit is up north in his home region of Sacramento--at American River College.

For Butler-Booker (Grant-Sacramento), this is now his fourth collegiate stop in two years. He was denied entry to both Washington State (committed 2010) and Fresno State (verbal in 2011) due to academic issues. His last enrollment was at San Mateo College.

The now 6-foot, 200-pound sophomore seems and sounds like he's taking the junior college football world by storm, with his 800 rushing yards through just four games (a 200 yard average in each game), 11 touchdowns and the Beavers claiming a 4-0 start.

After looking at the 2012 version of Butler-Booker, he does look bigger than before. He still has the explosive burst that made Washington State recruit him. He did show off a hurdle too in his latest film.

As far as his inside running ability is concerned, though, that aspect can still use some refinement. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt, he does have solid balance when bouncing off of defenders and does a good job of keeping his feet moving. He's fast and slippery enough to get past defenders.

He won't always blow up defenders, though, since he does tend to run upright. So his power is still a question mark. He also seems to rely more on his speed and balance, versus using a stiff arm or just resorting to an aggressive running style with his low pad level. Another benefit of the doubt I'll give him is his determined running ability, since he looks like a back who won't go down right away.

He's been a moving part for American River's offense. The big question we may have to ask is where will he move to next and who, at the next level, would be willing to take a chance on the former Sacramento-area sensation?

MORE ON BOOKER: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/797509/highlights

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