Jonesboro senior wideout and defensive back, Ahlik Booker has been a playmaker for the Cardinals’ football team seemingly since he stepped foot on campus as a freshman. The 5-foot-10 speedster has gotten his senior campaign off to a fast start over the first two games, including a monster performance Friday night in Jonesboro’s 19-0 win over Eagle’s Landing. Booker unofficially had six catches for 176 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the win.
Here, he chats with SCBuzz editor, Gabriel Stovall about that big night in our “Five Questions” series.
STOVALL: You had a big game Friday night on both sides of the ball. What went into that performance, and why were you able to dominate on both sides?
BOOKER: I really just went into the Eagle’s Landing Game just like I do any other game. And in this game, they gave me opportunities to dominate, so I just took them.
STOVALL: You seemed equally effective on offense and defense. If you could only play one side of the ball for the rest of the season, which side would it be and why?
BOOKER: Even though I like the ball in my hand, I’d have to say it would definitely be defense. I’m a DB at heart, and on defense you’ve got more freedom and ability to create and make your own plays.
STOVALL: How does being a wide receiver help you as a DB, and vice versa?
BOOKER: I feel like being able to play the opposite position gives you insight on what could happen based on down and distance and alignment.
STOVALL: This is the first time since 2015 that a Jonesboro team has started a season 2-0. How much confidence does winning the first two games of the season give you and your team?
BOOKER: Oh, it definitely feels good to be 2-0, and hopefully we can continue to get better and keep winning as the season goes on.
STOVALL: How do you feel like you’ve improved as a player from last year to now, and what kind of work did you do during the offseason to make that improvement happen?
BOOKER: I knew coming into my senior season that I wanted to play football at the next level. As of right now, I have an offer to Missouri State. But I came into this season just really listening to my coaches constantly telling me what I can work on. And since the pandemic hit, I couldn’t do anything but workout. So the whole offseason was nothing but me grinding with Tip Toe Training.