Honors & Awards
» Academic All-Big Ten (2017)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2018)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2018)
Sophomore Dicaprio Bootle is a key part of the Nebraska secondary heading into the 2018 season. The 5-10, 190-pound Bootle had a strong spring practice session and is a frontrunner to earn a starting job at cornerback this fall. A Florida native, Bootle played in every game as a redshirt freshman in 2017, including one starting assignment. Bootle possesses outstanding speed and coverage skills.
Bootle earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2017, and was also a member of the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team.
2017 (Redshirt Freshman)
Bootle appeared in all 12 games as a redshirt freshman, including his first career start against No. 9 Ohio State. He primarily lined up at cornerback, but earned the start at safety against the Buckeyes. Bootle was a versatile contributor for the Big Red on both defense and special teams, totaling 15 tackles on the season with one tackle for loss.
In his career debut, Bootle recorded a pair of stops against Arkansas State in the season opener. He followed that performance with four tackles at Oregon. Bootle’s third game with multiple tackles came in his start against Ohio State, when he also recorded his first career tackle for loss. Against Iowa in the regular-season finale, Bootle totaled two tackles, marking his fourth game with multiple tackles.
Bootle redshirted and worked on the scout team in his first season at Nebraska.
Before Nebraska (Southridge HS)
Dicaprio Bootle joins the Husker program from the Florida high school ranks, where he was a standout for Coach Billy Rolle at Miami’s Southridge High School.
As a senior, Bootle helped Southridge to an 8-5 record and a trip to the second round of the Florida Class 8A playoffs. Bootle totaled 64 tackles and two interceptions from his cornerback position, while also causing three fumbles and recovering two others.
Bootle also was a stand out at Killian High School in 2014, helping the team to a 14-1 record and a trip to the state semifinals. In addition to his football talents, Bootle was a track stand out and posted top times of 10.64 in the 100 meters and 21.36 in the 200 during his junior year at Killian. He finished third in the 200 at the state track meet in 2015.
Bootle attended a Nebraska satellite camp in the South Florida area in the summer of 2015. Bootle was ranked among the top 60 cornerbacks in the country by ESPN and was listed among the top 25 cornerbacks in Florida by Scout.com. He was also listed among the top 200 prospects in the state by 247 Sports. Bootle was named one of the top five cornerbacks in Miami-Dade County in 2015 by the Miami Herald.
Bootle only visited Nebraska, but had numerous offers including Illinois, Temple and UCF.
Dicpario was born on Sept. 17, 1997, and is the son of Dwight and Caliope Bootle. A management major, Bootle was a member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2016. Bootle earned a spot on the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team and the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2018. He has volunteered his time with the Nebraska Football Road Race, Husker Heroes and local hospital visits.