Another Texas Athlete Leaning to the Tide

The state of Texas is once again proving to be fertile recruiting grounds for Coach Dennis Franchione and his staff as yet another top Texas prospect expressed a strong interest in the Crimson Tide in an interview with <i>BamaMag.com</i> last night. <b>Jerome Brooks</b>, a 5-foot-10.5, 173 pound athlete from Haltom City, Texas, named Alabama as his current leader.<p>

"I'm leaning to Alabama right now," said Brooks. "I'm about 80 percent sure that I will make an early commitment. I know 'Coach Fran' from his time at TCU and I like what they did there. I've never been to Alabama but my coaching staff has told me a lot of good things about the Crimson Tide."

Brooks plays running back on the prep level but his overall athleticism could project him as a defensive back, running back, or wide receiver in college. As a junior, Brooks rushed for over 1,600 yards and scored 17 touchdowns. He added 188 yards and two more touchdowns through the air. Brooks also played free-safety in certain situations on defense. Having a team attitude is important and Brooks says what coaches like to hear.

"I really want a shot at playing running back but I'll do whatever the coaches ask me to do," Brooks said. "I've been competing in football since I was five years old. I know college football is a higher competition level but I just want the chance to compete.

Over the summer, Brooks took the challenge of competing in summer football camps at Louisiana State and Texas Christian. Additionally, he attended the 2000 Oklahoma camp last summer. Not surprisingly, Alabama (offered), Louisiana State, Northwestern (offered), Oklahoma, and Texas Christian comprise Brooks' "short list" heading into his senior season.

Editor's Note: Brooks was clocked in 4.46 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the Louisiana State camp. He also had his vertical leap measured at 35.5 inches.


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