"It was fun, I had a good time," said the 6-6 260 James Brooks. "I got to tour the dorms so I could see where I'd be living if I went to school there. We toured the stadium, and the campus. I was really impressed with the academic people and how they help you out with your studies. Academics are really important to me. I'd say Arizona State is the front runner right now." Brooks was hosted by fellow defensive end Dexter Davis.
This season Brooks tallied 59 total tackles, ten sacks, and 12 pass deflections from his defensive end position, and as a tight end he caught the ball 24 times for 663 yards and five touchdowns (he also has one rushing touchdown). The Eagles finished 7-5 and lost in the first round of the playoffs. "My quickness and my agility for someone my size are my strong points," said Brooks who averaged 11.4 ppg and 6.7 rpg for the Eagles' basketball team last season. "My intensity level isn't as high as I want to be, and that's something I want to improve on."
While he did enjoy himself in Tempe, he appears not to be close to settling on the school of his choice. "I'm gonna take to more visits," he declared. "I'm going to San Diego State December 16th. I'm also going to Oregon State, but I don't know when I'm going to visit there – it may be in December, it may be in January. I don't know if I'm gonna take all five visits, but after I take all my visits I'll know where I wanna go. I don't think I'll make a decision before then."
He added that staying close to home is important, but not an overwhelming factor. Brooks was offered last month by Arizona State, and aside from the three aforementioned schools, Colorado State and UNLV have also extended scholarship offers. He mentioned that hometown school Northern Arizona didn't offer him because of his known desire to play at a Division I program.
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