Fueled by Competition, Brooks Commits to ASU

James Brooks pledging to the Sun Devils, isn't about staying closer to home. The Flagstaff (Ariz.) defensive end told Devils Digest that his drive to be the best player he can be, on a team he believes is destined for great things, is what swayed him to verbal to the maroon and gold.

"It was a hard decision," said the 6-6 260 said the 6-6 260 James Brooks. "It came down to just playing in the Pac-10 week in and week out – I just want to put myself in that kind of level and be one of the best and play under a prestigious coach like Coach Erickson." Having defensive line coach Grady Stretz retained from the previous ASU staff, was also a significant factor for Brooks in the recruiting process. "I've know him since last spring and we developed a great relationship," he explained. "I'm very excited to play defensive end for him."

In his senior year, Brooks tallied 59 total tackles, ten sacks, and 12 pass deflections. He's impressed by the success of a fellow defensive end, Terrell Suggs, who won the Lombardi Trophy at Arizona State just a few years ago and he's already a two-time Pro Bowl player for the Baltimore Ravens. That is exactly the level he would like to reach as he prepares to don the maroon and gold. "I set my standards high and I want to be as good, if not better than him," he commented. "I want to work hard to get to that level."

Hard work is also what will be required from Brooks off the field, as he plans to take both the SAT and ACT college entrance exams in order to academically qualify. "I'm just short 100 points on my SAT," he said, "and now that I chose my school I need to concentrate on getting that score up. I'm just gonna work hard and do well on the test. I'm looking forward to getting that done." He added that he plans to take the ACT in February and the SAT in March.

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