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Tyler Booker | Average To Savage EP133

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This is the one hundred and thirty-third episode of the Average to Savage podcast featuring Alabama football commit Tyler Booker. Paul Guarino and Aaron Burrell talked with Tyler Booker discussing his high school career from Connecticut to IMG Academy, committing to the University of Alabama, and what his future goals are.

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This podcast interview with Tyler Booker was originally recorded on July 28, 2021

...this is the average to Savage podcast with paul Guerrino. Everyone in anyone athletes celebs and much more. Today's episode is brought to you by b. Usr dot com. You know everyone always asks me where they should bet and now I got a solution for them. The U. S. R. Dot com slash paul. You deposit $100 they'll match your $100 and free bets so you basically get $200. Go check it out be usr dot com slash paul. What's up? I'm back for another episode of the Average Savage podcast. Today we got a guest host erin barrel And our special guest today is the number 10 linemen in the country in high school. Tyler, Booker Tyler, how's it going? Appreciate you coming on thank you for having me. I'm really excited to do this with you guys. Yeah I got how to have you on C. T. Boy you know it. Yeah. First off just congrats on committing to Alabama. So what what what was that like to finally get it over with and commit? Thank you and to commit to Alabama is really a dream come true for one but two it's like paying that monkey off my back you know it was just all this just left my shoulders as I announced it and I was recruited by a lot of other grade school school that I could have been great but I feel like Alabama puts me on the best path you know I'm personally I was hoping that she was gonna go to my favorite school. Uh You'll be competing against them. I would I would have to be rooting for you know do you think? But uh you know what was obviously you said you know preparing for the next level and just preparing uh I know you know whenever I whenever I've study the bam away if you will is, you know, it's very much about, you know, doing your job, you're coming from a program and I m. G. That you know, it, I think personally, I think it's the closest thing you could get in high school uh to being at that house, I? M g help prepare you uh you know, for for the next step. It's all prepared me tremendously as far as athletically, um mentally and just as a man, just growing up and being independent and being on my own and being prepared for the next level, which is college and prepare me to make an instant impact. And I'm used the closest thing that you can get Obama out of high school and the same reason why I chose to go to and do the same as one to go to Obama, best competition during the game, but better competition during practice and um just a constant commitment to excellence from top to bottom and I was Alabama, I just felt like everybody was committed to me, being great from the training staff, two academics to the wait staff, to the coaching staff. Most of all, everybody really wanted to see me be great. Yeah, so like what are your expectations when you go to Alabama? Um, so my expectations for the spring is to really just learn. Um, I'm going to start my freshman year. I'd like to speak things into existence so I will...

...start my freshman year, the way that I go about that is um just learning, you know, I don't earn my starting spot in the spring, I earned it. And okay, so just learning uh offense, learning the playbook, anyone culture on how to teach me and just being me because he's got me this far. Um Of course I have things to master. Thanks to improve upon but being me has gotten me this far. So what I'm not much to change. I don't know I mean you've seen a lot too. I know we've known about you since eighth grade. Uh You know so like we're not new this week you know been following your career with the U. Growing and taking off so far. Uh What that means? I know you went to bergen catholic in Jersey now you're gonna I m g I was like you know different surroundings in different states and you know your Connecticut your C. T. Boy been that Jersey scene you know you seem really some of the best states when it comes to high school football. That that there is you know New Jersey is a is a powerhouse. I'm from florida. So I'm obviously always florida football, you know, growing up at least you see it. So I was, I was seeing all that helps you improve, improve your game over the years. It's helping me so much, really just being american, so many cultures. And a big part of the reason why I went to burger was the culture of football in Connecticut. Um this is something I hope to change, but football isn't taking this seriously. And the closest thanks to a major football state was New Jersey. So I went there and it was everything that I expected, everything that I wanted. Football was the main attraction. You know, I remember going to game, going to the robertsons games when we had an off night and I would just walk in everybody be like, oh my God, this title book titled book my fashion style burritos, Breaking catholic places a freshman and in my mind I'm thinking what, how these people know me, I'm not even from New Jersey, I haven't even met anyone, but like that's just attached to the culture. They're coming down to M. G. Was to be among the best. Um I want to compete among the best against the best and that's helped me go against the talk time, I've paid and all the top gets hoover and other band. I played against Grayson Georgia when I was at breaking catholic, I played against Duncanville texas. So whatever the this country has to offer, I'm I'm up to the challenge and just because the path that I've taken so far. Yeah, definitely. Um I know, I think, I think you know now that from from West Haven, I saw your pin tweet and you said once again I'm not from Philly or New Jersey, I'm from New Haven Connecticut. So why is it important? Why is it important for you to rep your city and state? Just because I know there's not a lot of talent because even outside of sports that from New Haven, that makes it on national stage, so whenever I know I'm going to be on...

...the national stage, even the global stage, so there's no point of having success if you can't bring the people that you grew up with with you. So I'm trying to bring the whole thing with because when people see that and I think he's from New Haven to suspend to, like you said, you were gonna thank you Haven even more. So I'm just trying to raise my platform and at the same time as the platform of New Haven Connecticut as well. So obviously, you know, putting on for for your city is first of all I respect the hell out of it. Like you know just always respect that. But you know there's there's young kids now who are watching you and they're going to be rooting for you all the way. What advice would you have to the next kid who's like you know what I want to follow Tyler Booker's path and I want to be the next Tyler Booker, what advice would you give them? You trust the process. You know, believe in yourself because if you don't believe in yourself nobody will you really have to truly believe it. Like I said earlier, I'm going to start as a freshman out of them and that's me manifesting. You have to manifest what you want along with manifestation has to become has become hard work as to come just believe in. Yeah, just believe me. Uh because there are a lot of times when people called my dad crazy for taking me all the way to Alabama for the football camp. Well you don't need to do that. Just let them work out of Golf street, let them work out a ball for you. Um, but not enough head also really trust the process. Believe in yourself and work for or what you want. Yeah, those are the dopest pictures like I saw you tweet out when you were a little kid and then the next next saving and with the one for me. Sure that was awesome. Now I got to ask you do you think he remembered you? And uh no, he didn't think is the biggest thing is I don't blame him because yeah, I mean he sees a million people. Yeah, that's what I'm saying. He does two of those camp And there's like 500 kids. Each. Can the interactions like, hey, what's your name son? Nice smile. Hey, what's your name? A nice smile. It's just like that he, he just wrapped um, so you know before this, we were just talking about mental health and one thing that has stood out to me, especially earlier or actually now it's last year these years, especially as the pain to make us all feeling like one big year. But uh last year, one thing that stood out to me was just, I feel like you have a maturity that's well beyond your years. And even just before this, we were just talking about mental health and you were talking about, you know, sports psychology, could you give people a little bit of, you know, insight into that? Because I was just having a conversation, you know, as we were just saying off camera about the importance of mental health, I was an athlete, I played Division One soccer and when I was done I went through a whole transition of like who am I? You know what life, you know, life is different and and obviously you're still in it, but you already...

...have that head step of knowing that. And to me that that's extremely impressive, you know, outside of the numbers and okay, monster on the field, like everybody knows that. But outside that that that to me is the most impressive things. So one I guess I would start with, where does that come from? Like, you know, is that something that comes naturally to you and uh what do you hope to, you know, take, take your learning with Psychology and how do you hope to help people? So my awareness with mental health really starts with my mom because she's just a very knowledgeable person, She she can sense when something is up with my siblings and I, so she always asked what was on our minds if there's anything that we would like to talk about. And she just always explain the importance of mental health to us. So that's when it started and when I got I. M. G that's when the journey uh my journey of including my mental hold within my game really took off because I am we have a lot of mental cultures, mental training coaches, start out coach Ringo. Yeah, we just went over some techniques and um really just talking about, oh I meant to be an athlete and we prepared ourselves for when things don't go right in the game and how we respond. Um a lot of mental training and the practice that I use taken and used for the rest of my life is visualization. So what I did before every game, whether it be in my hotel room, if we're away or in my dorm, uh black out the room, put a towel over my hand and I closed my eyes and I emerged myself into the game that I'll be playing in a few hours. So I think about how time my gloves are, how time my feets are, where my sleeve feels like on my arm, what the tape feels like, what my mouthpiece tastes like. Um They have been on my head, how, how time my helmet is um with the fuel smells like I think about the people in the crowd. I think about what it hears like, so what what I hear, what sounds like. So I'll just fully immerse myself into the environment of the game. And then once I'm there, once I'm in the game, I close my eyes and I'm even doing it right now. I just got my stance a little bit, something because my eyes and I'm thinking about running to play. So we got inside zone. So I'm gonna take these steps, we got outside, so I'm gonna take these steps uh path. But I'm going to kick, start like this, oh he has a sore foot back. I know he's gonna take either three steps up field and then jabbing, jabbing right away. All that safety is capped over. I know that linebacker's gonna come down, so all that is going through my head and I'm putting myself through a whole game pretty much. But mentally and my whole body my body is fine. I don't have any injuries from practice, it's like playing the game before actually played the game. And that gives me a one up on my opponent because I've done it all before. And I remember the, I've been doing it since pre season last year, but I really mastered it Towards the...

...end of the season. And one time I vividly remember, I remember um it was outside zone was pending. I forget them like chance to play with but also his own, I know my block by block was key because we're gonna get outside and I'm playing right tackle. So remember that my coach telling always examine. You gotta get your, got to get your foot here, your foot placement is key, you gotta bring your left foot through and you really get them. So that's one of the first place on my highlights and I'm playing Miami Northwestern. I took a perfect step, perfect seconds that got him got under his past, pancake them running back, takes it all the way for a touchdown. And this just proof and that was my thought I was so I wasn't stopping with that game. That was probably my best game of the year. My coach graded me out at 100. So really no mistakes and I just went off on off in that game. And that's because I really sat down and played the whole game within my head. So that that mental training and that using your mind as a weapon, especially you got me mind blowing, you're going to the league. I like that was, that was crazy. I felt like I was, I felt like I was in the game with you and I'm a fan. So right. Hey, that's a good opponent to have your best game. You said Northwestern Miami Northwestern. Yeah. For those who are from florida, that's, that's another florida powerhouse as well. home of a lot of, lot of legends now. Like I told you I'm from West even so I know your uncle foolish. What has he helped you? Like how has he helped you on the journey so far? Oh and for the, hold on, for those who don't know, he was in the NFL won the Super Bowl. So my uncle was, he's just always track to coach me up as if I was years ahead. So when I was in literally he coached me as if I was in high school. So now whenever I talked to him, he talked to me like I'm going to leave. So the big thing that he told me, he really taught me how to practice, you know what I mean by that he, he told me to forget what he said exactly, but it just change my mindset to practice that go hard but over exert yourself and I feel like I would do that a lot of practice. Um, I would burn myself out So I'll be, so I just go extra hard. Like, but you start, I still go hard and practice, but it's different. I just learned how to practice on really jim. My emotions are our approach practice like a game physically what I'm supposed to approach practice, like a game mentally. So even when I'm not in now, since she's like install that instilled that in me, I take go strips. So if I'm, if I'm not in, even if I'm the scout team defenses, scout team offices up, I'll stand behind the left, the right tackle and I'll walk through his steps with the play, I'll get to play and I go like 10-20 yards back and I'll watch the play unfold and do what I was doing in play. So just learning how to practice and um just watching...

...film, picking up on tendencies. No, no, she taught me when I was playing defense is just understanding down and distance. So that helps me on the office of side of the ball. So I could just mentally prepare myself for what kind of clothes and getting. I predict the player. I'm joking. My god. Uh $12 is gonna be a pass right here. Well, I'll call you exactly what you find out. You're gonna call Um 38, 38. That's what records based on down the distance play, calling Tennessee. So just really not knowledge of the game. Yeah. Just just knowing the game of football. Yeah. Yeah. That's crazy. And I know you know like the like football is a business and stuff like that. So I'm sure you've seen all these and I and I. L. Deals um Like what are your what are your thoughts on that stuff? My main thoughts are just making myself a chance to those companies who would like to um partner with me. And by doing that, I need to be effective on the field before I do anything else. So that means that means I need to have a need to have a great senior year um continue to build upon the good brand I have right now, making great and just become more personable, more likeable for people. So, so I'm more attractive for these brand. I think I think you might be changing the, changing the game for a line. Yeah, definitely. That's my man Gold. I'm tired of his mom and being seen as the grunt. Yeah, we're always black and getting on the credit like no, I want to sign to, I want, I want my face to be on ESPN two. I want, I want to be on sportscenter top 10 to that's really my mischief for sure. For sure. Are you ready for some fun questions? Let's do it. What's your, what's your favorite song right now? My favorite song is john My Little Wing featuring rick roll. That's crazy. You know, it's crazy. Uh that you mentioned like little wayne and rick ross is uh, I was talking to a dude in the league the other day and he was like in the locker room now he's become one of the older dudes, so do don't really want to listen to like little wayne. They really want to listen to a little baby or like, they was like, nah, drake, he's like even drake, they consider like that old head music like, so that's interesting to hear that. Yeah, like a lot of old school meals, like my favorite rappers. All right, jay Z. I love jay Z. Musicology, tickets. Music to power big. Of course listed would think learn a lot N. W. A. So I just love that area because it was just, it was just mean. It was just punch in the mouth, you know like, yeah, yeah. Is that what you listen to before the game? Just get ready. Like what's the pregame? Uh, one song you gotta listen to pre game. No gasoline. Oh no. Back to lisa, no, no baseline, but I see them all. Yeah, no gasoline. I feel sorry for whoever straight. I gotta listen to those who just make gum just going in. Yeah. Have...

...you, have you taken any of the florida music yet or you still like Kodak? I like, I like Kodak Like a wave. Like some of the newer photographs I really haven't gone. It's like the old school for the rappers and there's a management. Okay. Mhm. Because when I first, when I first moved, I went in Connecticut. When I first moved up there, I was playing all the footage is everybody was like, you gotta cut this off. It took me a while, but I like it now. Okay. What was, what was like uh like what was the most interesting part of like your transition moving to florida? Like outside of football, outside of school just being in florida. Was it the weather being hot all the time or? Um everything was a lot slower. So I was, I was used to being around people from down south because I went to the Alabama cancer a lot. You know, I just played in a bunch of All star games into a lot of camp. So there will be a lot of suffering boys there, but everything moves a lot slower down here. It's like, you know, just being up north, you got, you got places to be, Everybody's walking fast. I'm walking in the mall and people are strolling, looking around like, you know, I have a specific story. I want to hit up as soon as I get to them all. But then like, no, we'll hit them on the way just just by uh huh I say, I see people that just like, why is everyone so bothered and pressed for time? Like everyone, come on, we're gonna go like you're gonna get there will be a lot more. Yeah, you picked up on the floor to slam yet. Call anybody a jet on the field after you pancake sit down jacket. I can't, I can't I can't call anybody. Egypt but like when I'm when I'm around everybody, how long? So my mom would be like stop talking like that. I mean what you're talking about I'm talking about I said I'll safe in. Uh Yes sir. Just like how they talk. I'm just saying something like you don't even know that like you need. So, what did you get that from your from new haven Connecticut like that? That's not seen. All right. Well, speaking of that, What what is your favorite pizza? New Haven Modern? All right. What's your what's your how would you rank them like modern Pepys Sally's? So, I haven't had sally's in a while. I haven't had papers in a while either because whenever I come home I only have time to do it once. I'll get a lot of all the time. All right, number one I'm for it. And then if I don't hear modern, I had a piece of house, piece of houses in the Global as the other two. But you gotta check them out. It's by Yeah, it was right. By that time I got you a new hair. Yeah. Uh I'm trying to think like this is this is crazy. Like you really, you really you out here and I? M g like you live in, have you gotten to like interact with all the other athletes? I am because like I said, I used to play...

...soccer and I used to go down to AMG we would play out. I? M. G. Beautiful facilities. Basketball. Obviously it's crazier football. Soccer. You know, you got it all. Have you gotten a chance to interact with everybody and Yeah. Yeah, a few people. So the most that we are mm hmm. Most people just through school. So my best friends here outside football, like Jet Howard? His dad is the head coach at michigan to my house. And because of him, Yeah. Eric daily he's a, he's a top basketball recruit, Jaros walker. Um, he's going to be a top pick in the draft and then baseball Elijah Green next year. He's going to be, he's going to get a job the next year. So there's building relationships with other top athletes and just taking parts of their game and then putting them into mind. So just noticing how generous and all the other basketball players when I first got here. Um, the april of my freshman year to see how they always put an extra work. So you know, all I can do it too. Let's let's go. So I can start putting extra work like them. So that's being able to be around other like minded individuals. Food who prioritize the greatest networking is key. So you're doing doing it right. What about, what do you like to do in your free time when you're not focused on football? Um Not frozen software, Probably playing video games, watching tv, watching, watching something on Madden Madden a lot. I'm trying to figure out how to play MLB because when I was home, my little brother was with my tail because he knew how to play. See I have his number and matter but MLB I can't touch him. I can't touch the kid. So that's what I'm trying to figure out how to play now. Play to cut off or um, I'm trying to, I'm trying to hold myself up on buying new games until I get the next day college trying to save up a little bit. Yeah. Yes sir. All right, Tyler. Well we appreciate you coming on. And uh could you let the listeners where they can follow you at um Yeah you guys can follow me on instagram at T. Book dot underscore you guys can find me on twitter at I am. Tyler book this episode has been brought to you by B USr dot com. Go check it out to get your free $100 bet when you deposit a $100 at B. U. S. R. Dot com slash paul. Okay. Yeah.

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