Andrew Booth Jr
CB – #23 Clemson Tigers
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
High School: Archer (Dracula, GA)
HS Rating: 5 star (0.9891)
Phil Steele: PS#5
Andrew Booth Jr scouting report
Good speed, and very quick. Stayed with some fast receivers throughout his career. Trusted to play on an island at Clemson. Impressive burst and acceleration. Very quick and agile. Much stronger than his size would suggest. Good tackler. Offers some run support ability. Goes low and takes out the ball carrier by catching the legs. Struggles with more athletic receivers to consistently make the tackle. Flashes the ability to be a great space defender. Takes good pursuit angles when pursuing the football.
Excellent man coverage ability. Uses the sideline as an extra defender. Saying again – Booth is a master with the sideline. Could be an excellent boundary cornerback on this trait alone. Very physical. Handles big receivers well. Not nearly as effective in zone coverage as he is in man. Struggles to position well. Tends to be too reactive in zone coverage. Takes great pride in his ability to defend the run and bites too hard to the play action fake. Great recognition and reacts very quickly to the play in front of him. Oftentimes meets the receiver at the catch point with formidable contact.
Andrew Booth Jr looks like an excellent building piece for a primarily zone coverage scheme as a player who can work downhill and make tackles in run support but provide the flexibility to provide man and zone coverage all across the field. We like him as a second cornerback option right away and someone that you can hope to move onto star receivers in the future.
We like Booth as a second-round option. The zone defensive scheme is somewhat fading into the background in the NFL, especially with the evolution of the needs of the position groups.