EDMOND — Caileb Booze calls it the easiest and most fun job possible.
He’s not talking about his recent position change to outside linebacker for Edmond North. It’s being a waiter’s assistant at Signature Grill, where his 6-foot-3 frame can sometimes be intimidating for new customers.
“A lot of them are initially a little frightened, to say the least,” said Booze, who admits to sometimes breaking the ice with customers by playing on their fear.
“But after I talk to them and have a conversation with them, everything’s fine. Their first reaction is usually pretty funny.”
Booze is equally intimidating on the football field as an athletic defender who is just beginning to tap into his potential.
And despite not having an official scholarship offer, Booze comes in at No. 27 in The Oklahoman’s Super 30.
Last season, Booze primarily played defensive end and finished with 82 tackles and six sacks. The move to linebacker is aimed to utilize his impressive speed and length.
Still, colleges are looking to see what he does on the field this season.
“I think that will enhance his versatility a little bit just from being known as a down lineman or defensive end,” Edmond North coach Scott Burger said. “It will show versatility and a little more of his athletic ability, which I think, in turn, will help the team and then it’ll also help him in recruiting.”
Booze recently attended a camp at Kansas State and impressed, but coaches there told him they wanted to see more film from his upcoming season.
“I can’t worry about it too much,” Booze said. “I just have to every day just try to improve a little more and focus on each day, instead of everything combined, and with all of that together by time the season comes around I’ll be ready.”
Burger said Booze has stepped up his leadership heading into his final season, even leading players during the spring in voluntary workouts on the field.
But it’s still his lighthearted personality that stands out around the team or at work.
“He’s quite the kidder sometimes, too,” Burger said. “I can see him having some fun doing that (at the restaurant).
“Just some things he says, the way he acts, he’s a very personable kid, everybody likes him and he’s always got a smile on his face. He’s coming into his own for sure.”