Michael Booker started playing football later in his childhood. Once he started his athletic skills and technique definitely showed up. While at El Camino High as a Cornerback, Booker was a two-year starter and letterman under Head Coach Herb Meyer. Booker earned all-league honors twice, was named the Long Beach Pre-Telegram BEST in the West and was Co-defensive player of the year in the Southern California area. Booker finished 12-2 in 1992 and ranked seventh in the state.
During 1996 Michael Booker was one of the most watched players at the University of Nebraska. Booker was the MVP on defense in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl against Florida. With his four-tackle, three-breakup, and interception touchdown performance he received attention for everyone including scouts from the NFL.