Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
Wide receiver Dominique Booth was the crown jewel of the Hoosiers' 2014 recruiting class coming out of Pike High School in Indianapolis, as he ranked as a 247 Sports Composite 4-star player and was listed as the fourth best player in the state of Indiana. In a statement released on Tuesday on social media, Booth announced that his playing career at Indiana was cut short due to medical issues.
"It is fact that I have accepted a medical at IU, because their medical staff did not clear me to participate any longer. My career is not over, I have elected to transfer and play elsewhere, because every other doctor I have seen has cleared me to continue my career.
I have also decided that it would be best for me to stay at IU, graduate from IU in the Spring of 2017, then transfer so I will be eligible to play right away. I will have two concrete years to play and a third if granted by the NCAA. I believe this plan is not only best for my education, but for my options and eligibility in the college football world."
Booth, who did not appear in a game last year due to an undisclosed injury, finished his Hoosier playing career playing in eight total games, six starts, and recorded eight receptions for 70 yards.
Booth added that "in the mean time I will be training with IU's strength and conditioning staff and will help coach the receivers with Coach (Kevin) Johns to stay around football and broaden my football knowledge."
Booth also thanked Hoosier Nation for "welcoming me with open arms." Adding that he, "had a great ride here at IU and I'm hurt that it had to end so soon. It was an honor to start as a freshman and wear that Cream and Crimson."
The former four-star recruit added that, "this is not a matter of ability and there are no hard feelings. This is the business of college football and I'm looking forward to helping IU have a great 2016 season and then continuing my pursuit of greatness."
According to 247 Sports Booth is set to visit Mississippi State this weekend and is looking at Kansas, Missouri, Oregon, Ball State and Oklahoma State. Booth said, "“I have my eye on a few schools, but I’m open to pretty much anyone at this moment, “I have talked to schools from every Power 5 conference and some MAC and some AAC schools.”