Josh Booth
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JACKSONVILLE, Florida, July 5. BRETT Hawke is likely smiling with his first big recruiting get of the Class of 2014 as the Auburn head coach received the commitment of Bolles stud Joshua Booth today. Booth is ranked the No. 26 recruit in the nation by ColegeSwimming.com.

Booth is a versatile swimmer of Scottish descent who should provide Hawke with some options to start with out of the Class of 2014. Booth has a 58.39 in the 100-meter back (long course) and also has a pair of U.S. Open standards in the 200-yard free (1:37.49) and 100-yard back (49.26) from last summer's Speedo Junior Nationals. He also has a 44.94 to his credit in the 100-yard free, and a 49.13 in the 100-yard fly from his time with the Bolles School Sharks.

"I chose Auburn because I feel Brett understands my International goals as well as my college aspirations," Booth told Swimming World. "Also, having numerous Brits on the team also helps."


The commitment is a bit of an upset for Hawke as Booth had previously listed Stanford as his dream locale on his Scottish Swimming profile page.

Booth has been part of the amazing run at Bolles, where he joined the likes of Ryan Murphy, Joseph Schooling, Santo Condorelli and Emiro Goossen to demolish the high school record books. He posted a 21.81 third leg for the 200-yard medley relay (1:28.02), and a 44.67 third leg for the 400-yard free relay (2:54.43) last November when Bolles took deadly aim at the record ledger.

That's the second early commitment of the Class of 2014 recruiting period as Paul Powers already made the call to Michigan.


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