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.”