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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 podcastwith paul Guerrino. Everyone in anyone athletes celebs andmuch 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 Igot a solution for them. The U. S. R. Dot com slash paul. You deposit $100they'll match your $100 and free bets so you basically get $200. Go check itout be usr dot com slash paul. What's up? I'm back for another episode of theAverage Savage podcast. Today we got a guest host erin barrel And our specialguest 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 forhaving me. I'm really excited to do this with you guys. Yeah I got how tohave you on C. T. Boy you know it. Yeah. First off just congrats on committingto Alabama. So what what what was that like to finally get it over with andcommit? Thank you and to commit to Alabama isreally a dream come true for one but two it's like paying that monkey off myback you know it was just all this just left my shoulders as I announced it andI was recruited by a lot of other grade school school that I could have beengreat but I feel like Alabama puts me on the best path you know I'mpersonally I was hoping that she was gonna go to my favorite school. UhYou'll be competing against them. I would I would have to be rooting foryou know do you think? But uh you know what was obviously you said you knowpreparing for the next level and just preparing uh I know you know whenever Iwhenever 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 youknow, it, I think personally, I think it's the closest thing you could get inhigh 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 asathletically, um mentally and just as a man, just growing up and beingindependent 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 theclosest thing that you can get Obama out of high school and the same reasonwhy I chose to go to and do the same as one to go to Obama, best competitionduring the game, but better competition during practice and um just a constantcommitment to excellence from top to bottom and I was Alabama, I just feltlike everybody was committed to me, being great from the training staff,two academics to the wait staff, to the coaching staff. Most of all, everybodyreally wanted to see me be great. Yeah, so like what are yourexpectations when you go to Alabama? Um, so my expectations for the springis to really just learn. Um, I'm going to start my freshman year. I'd like tospeak things into existence so I will...

...start my freshman year, the way that Igo about that is um just learning, you know, I don't earnmy starting spot in the spring, I earned it. And okay, so just learninguh offense, learning the playbook, anyone culture on how to teach me andjust being me because he's got me this far. Um Of course I have things tomaster. Thanks to improve upon but being me has gotten me this far. Sowhat I'm not much to change. I don't know I mean you've seen a lot too. Iknow we've known about you since eighth grade. Uh You know so like we're notnew this week you know been following your career with the U. Growing andtaking off so far. Uh What that means? I know you went to bergen catholic inJersey now you're gonna I m g I was like you know different surroundings indifferent states and you know your Connecticut your C. T. Boy been thatJersey scene you know you seem really some of the best states when it comesto high school football. That that there is you know New Jersey is a is apowerhouse. I'm from florida. So I'm obviously always florida football, youknow, growing up at least you see it. So I was, I was seeing all that helpsyou improve, improve your game over the years. It's helping me so much, reallyjust being american, so many cultures. And a big part of the reason why I wentto burger was the culture of football in Connecticut. Um this is something Ihope to change, but football isn't taking this seriously. And the closestthanks to a major football state was New Jersey. So I went there and it waseverything that I expected, everything that I wanted. Football was the mainattraction. You know, I remember going to game, going to the robertsons gameswhen we had an off night and I would just walk in everybody belike, 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 thesepeople know me, I'm not even from New Jersey, I haven't even met anyone, butlike that's just attached to the culture. They're coming down to M. G.Was to be among the best. Um I want tocompete among the best against the best and that's helped me go against thetalk time, I've paid and all the top gets hooverand other band. I played against Grayson Georgia when I was at breakingcatholic, I played against Duncanville texas. So whatever the this country hasto offer, I'm I'm up to the challenge and just because the path that I'vetaken so far. Yeah, definitely. Um I know, I think, Ithink you know now that from from West Haven, I saw your pin tweet and yousaid once again I'm not from Philly or New Jersey, I'm from New HavenConnecticut. So why is it important? Why is it important for you to rep yourcity and state? Just because I know there's not a lot of talent becauseeven 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 globalstage, so there's no point of having success if you can't bring the peoplethat you grew up with with you. So I'm trying to bring the whole thing withbecause 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 toraise my platform and at the same time as the platform of New HavenConnecticut as well. So obviously, you know, putting on forfor your city is first of all I respect the hell out of it. Like you know justalways respect that. But you know there's there's young kids now who arewatching you and they're going to be rooting for you all the way. Whatadvice would you have to the next kid who's like you know what I want tofollow Tyler Booker's path and I want to be the next Tyler Booker, whatadvice would you give them? You trust the process. You know, believe inyourself because if you don't believe in yourself nobody will you really haveto truly believe it. Like I said earlier,I'm going to start as a freshman out of them and that's me manifesting. Youhave to manifest what you want along with manifestation has to become hasbecome hard work as to come just believe in. Yeah, just believe me. Uhbecause there are a lot of times when people called my dad crazy for takingme all the way to Alabama for the football camp. Well you don't need todo that. Just let them work out of Golf street, let them work out a ball foryou. Um, but not enough head also really trust the process. Believe inyourself and work for or what you want. Yeah, those are the dopest pictureslike I saw you tweet out when you were a little kid and then the next nextsaving and with the one for me. Sure that was awesome. Now I got to ask youdo you think he remembered you? And uh no, he didn't think is the biggestthing 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 werejust 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 asthe pain to make us all feeling like one big year. But uh last year, onething that stood out to me was just, I feel like you have a maturity that'swell beyond your years. And even just before this, we were just talking aboutmental health and you were talking about, you know, sports psychology,could you give people a little bit of, you know, insight into that? Because Iwas just having a conversation, you know, as we were just saying off cameraabout the importance of mental health, I was an athlete, I played Division Onesoccer and when I was done I went through a whole transition of like whoam I? You know what life, you know, life is different and and obviouslyyou'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 thenumbers and okay, monster on the field, like everybodyknows that. But outside that that that to me is the most impressive things. Soone I guess I would start with, where does that come from? Like, you know, isthat something that comes naturally to you and uh what do you hope to, youknow, take, take your learning with Psychology and how do you hope to helppeople? So my awareness with mental health really starts with my mombecause she's just a very knowledgeable person, She she can sense whensomething is up with my siblings and I, so she always asked what was on ourminds if there's anything that we would like to talk about. And she just always explain the importance of mental healthto us. So that's when it started and when I got I. M. G that's when thejourney uh my journey of including my mental hold within my game really tookoff because I am we have a lot of mental cultures, mental trainingcoaches, start out coach Ringo. Yeah, we just went over some techniques andum really just talking about, oh I meant to be an athlete and we preparedourselves 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 forthe rest of my life is visualization. So what I did before every game, whether it be in my hotel room, ifwe're away or in my dorm, uh black out the room, put a towel over my hand andI closed my eyes and I emerged myself into the game that I'll be playing in afew 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 mymouthpiece tastes like. Um They have been on my head, how, how time myhelmet 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. SoI'll just fully immerse myself into the environment of the game. And then onceI'm there, once I'm in the game, I close my eyes and I'm even doing itright now. I just got my stance a little bit, something because my eyesand I'm thinking about running to play. So we got inside zone. So I'm gonnatake these steps, we got outside, so I'm gonna take these steps uh path. ButI'm going to kick, start like this, oh he has a sore foot back. I know he'sgonna 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, soall that is going through my head and I'm putting myself through a whole gamepretty much. But mentally and my whole body my body is fine. I don't have anyinjuries from practice, it's like playing the game before actually playedthe game. And that gives me a one up on my opponent because I've done it allbefore. 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 Ivividly remember, I remember um it was outside zone was pending. I forget themlike chance to play with but also his own, Iknow my block by block was key because we're gonna get outside and I'm playingright tackle. So remember that my coach telling always examine. You gotta getyour, got to get your foot here, your foot placement is key, you gotta bringyour left foot through and you really get them. So that's one of the firstplace on my highlights and I'm playing Miami Northwestern. I took a perfectstep, perfect seconds that got him got under his past, pancake them runningback, takes it all the way for a touchdown. And this just proof and thatwas my thought I was so I wasn't stopping with that game. That wasprobably my best game of the year. My coach graded me out at 100. So reallyno mistakes and I just went off on off in that game. And that's because Ireally sat down and played the whole game within my head. So that thatmental 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 agood opponent to have your best game. You said Northwestern MiamiNorthwestern. Yeah. For those who are from florida, that's, that's anotherflorida powerhouse as well. home of a lot of, lot of legends now. Like I toldyou 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 wasin literally he coached me as if I was in high school. So now whenever Italked to him, he talked to me like I'm going to leave. So the big thing thathe told me, he really taught me how to practice, you know what I mean by thathe, he told me to forget what he saidexactly, but it just change my mindset to practice that go hard but over exert yourself and I feel like Iwould do that a lot of practice. Um, I would burn myself out So I'll be, so Ijust go extra hard. Like, but you start, I still go hard and practice, but it'sdifferent. I just learned how to practice on really jim. My emotions areour approach practice like a game physically what I'msupposed to approach practice, like a game mentally. So even when I'm not innow, 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 teamoffices up, I'll stand behind the left, the right tackle and I'll walk throughhis steps with the play, I'll get to play and I go like 10-20 yards back andI'll watch the play unfold and do what I was doing in play. So just learninghow 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 anddistance. So that helps me on the office of side of the ball. So I couldjust mentally prepare myself for what kind of clothes and getting. I predictthe 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'swhat records based on down the distance play, calling Tennessee. So just reallynot 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 businessand stuff like that. So I'm sure you've seen all these and I and I. L. Deals umLike what are your what are your thoughts on that stuff? My main thoughts are just making myselfa chance to those companies who would like to um partner with me. And bydoing that, I need to be effective on the field before I do anything else. Sothat means that means I need to have a need to have a great senior year umcontinue to build upon the good brand I have right now, making great and just become more personable, morelikeable for people. So, so I'm more attractive for these brand. I think Ithink you might be changing the, changing the game for a line. Yeah, definitely. That's my man Gold. I'mtired of his mom and being seen as the grunt. Yeah, we're always black andgetting on the credit like no, I want to sign to, I want, I want my face tobe on ESPN two. I want, I want to be on sportscenter top 10 to that's really mymischief for sure. For sure. Are you ready for some fun questions? Let's doit. What's your, what's your favorite song right now? My favorite song isjohn My Little Wing featuring rick roll. That's crazy. You know, it's crazy. Uhthat you mentioned like little wayne and rick ross is uh, I was talking to adude in the league the other day and he was like in the locker room now he'sbecome one of the older dudes, so do don't really want to listen to likelittle wayne. They really want to listen to a little baby or like, theywas like, nah, drake, he's like even drake, they consider like that old headmusic like, so that's interesting to hear that. Yeah, like a lot of oldschool 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 alot 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 youlisten to before the game? Just get ready. Like what's the pregame? Uh, onesong 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 whojust make gum just going in. Yeah. Have...

...you, have you taken any of the floridamusic yet or you still like Kodak? I like, I like Kodak Like a wave. Likesome of the newer photographs I really haven't gone. It's like the old schoolfor the rappers and there's a management. Okay. Mhm. Because when I first, when I firstmoved, I went in Connecticut. When I first moved up there, I was playing allthe 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 mostinteresting part of like your transition moving to florida? Likeoutside of football, outside of school just being in florida. Was it theweather 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 theAlabama cancer a lot. You know, I just played in a bunch of All star gamesinto a lot of camp. So there will be a lot of suffering boys there, buteverything moves a lot slower down here. It's like, you know, just being upnorth, you got, you got places to be, Everybody's walking fast. I'm walkingin the mall and people are strolling, looking around like, you know, I have aspecific story. I want to hit up as soon as I get to them all. But thenlike, no, we'll hit them on the way just just by uh huh I say, I see people that justlike, why is everyone so bothered and pressed for time? Like everyone, comeon, we're gonna go like you're gonna get there will be a lot more. Yeah, youpicked up on the floor to slam yet. Call anybody a jet on the field afteryou pancake sit down jacket. I can't, I can't I can't call anybody. Egypt butlike when I'm when I'm around everybody, how long? So my mom would be like stoptalking like that. I mean what you're talking about I'm talking about I saidI'll safe in. Uh Yes sir. Just like how they talk. I'm just saying somethinglike you don't even know that like you need. So, what did you get that fromyour 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? Allright. What's your what's your how would you rank them like modern PepysSally's? So, I haven't had sally's in a while. Ihaven't had papers in a while either because whenever I come home I onlyhave time to do it once. I'll get a lot of all the time. All right, number oneI'm for it. And then if I don't hear modern, I had a piece of house, pieceof houses in the Global as the other two. But you gotta check them out. It'sby Yeah, it was right. By that time I got you anew hair. Yeah. Uh I'm trying to think like thisis this is crazy. Like you really, you really you out here and I? M g like youlive in, have you gotten to like interact with all the other athletes? Iam because like I said, I used to play...

...soccer and I used to go down to AMG wewould play out. I? M. G. Beautiful facilities. Basketball. Obviously it'scrazier football. Soccer. You know, you got it all. Have you gotten a chance tointeract with everybody and Yeah. Yeah, a few people. So the mostthat we are mm hmm. Most people just through school. So my best friends hereoutside football, like Jet Howard? His dad is the head coach at michigan to myhouse. And because of him, Yeah. Eric daily he's a, he's a top basketballrecruit, Jaros walker. Um, he's going to be a top pick in the draft and thenbaseball Elijah Green next year. He's going to be, he's going to get a jobthe next year. So there's building relationships with other top athletesand just taking parts of their game and then putting them into mind. So justnoticing how generous and all the other basketball players when I first gothere. Um, the april of my freshman year to see how they always put an extrawork. So you know, all I can do it too. Let's let's go. So I can start puttingextra work like them. So that's being able to be around other like mindedindividuals. Food who prioritize the greatest networking is key. So you'redoing doing it right. What about, what do you like to do in your free timewhen you're not focused on football? Um Not frozen software, Probably playingvideo games, watching tv, watching, watching something on Madden Madden a lot. I'm trying tofigure out how to play MLB because when I was home, my little brother was withmy tail because he knew how to play. See I have his number and matter butMLB I can't touch him. I can't touch the kid. So that's what I'm trying tofigure 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 daycollege trying to save up a little bit. Yeah. Yes sir. All right, Tyler. Wellwe appreciate you coming on. And uh could you let the listeners where theycan follow you at um Yeah you guys can follow me on instagram at T. Book dotunderscore you guys can find me on twitter at I am. Tyler book thisepisode has been brought to you by B USr dot com. Go check it out to getyour free $100 bet when you deposit a $100 at B. U. S. R. Dot com slash paul.Okay. Yeah.

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