As someone who has been selected to the U.S. Army All-American Game, Irving MacArthur star Ron Brooks could just about punch his ticket to any major program in the country.
The gifted Brooks (6-0, 170, 4.3), who is ranked as the nation's sNo. 7 wideout and a top 100 player overall in the country by Scout.com, has pretty much narrowed his choice down to a Select Six.
That is a list that includes the University of Arkansas where he will take an official visit this weekend along with teammate Bret Harris (6-0, 200), a top safety prospect.
He's excited to be coming on a weekend when ESPN's College GameDay will be on hand and lot of the focus of the college football world will be on Fayetteville as the No. 11 Razorbacks (8-1, 5-0) take on No. 13 Tennessee (7-2, 3-2).
"It's going to be a big game and a great atmosphere," Brooks said. "When College GameDay shows up, you know you have a major program. That is what they is saying to me. I think it is going to be crazy."
Brooks, who is also looking at Florida, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Texas Tech, says that Arkansas is the only team recruiting both he and Harris, who is down to Arkansas and Oklahoma State.
"I'm very excited about coming up there this weekend," Brooks said. "Arkansas is recruiting both Bret and I. We would love to play together in college and so this weekend is big for us since the Razorbacks are really the only team that is recruiting us both."
Brooks has spent most of his time under quarterback where he has rushed for 997 yards and 17 touchdowns going into Friday night's season finale while also throwing 10 touchdown passes as the Cardinals have gone 4-5.
He had 43 catches for 778 yards and 13 touchdowns last season while playing wide receiver.
"We are not going to make the playoffs and Friday night will be our last game so we hope to go out and do something special," Brooks said. "We have some good players, but we are so young and it was just one of those years when things didn't go like we would want it to."
Both Irving MacArthur stars are being recruited by Arkansas assistant James Shibest.
"He's a really cool guy and was really the first one to start showing us attention," Brooks said. "You can tell he cares about us and really wants us both to be Razorbacks."
Brooks admits he started thinking about Arkansas more after the Razorbacks went to No. 2 Auburn and beat the Tigers 27-10 in their own house.
"I didn't get to see the game like but I go to watch the highlights on GameDay at night and just was very impressed with what they got done," Brooks said. "They may be a team that runs the ball a lot with those great running backs, but they are very effective when the do pass and I think that is one thing that are wanting to do more in the future. I know if I come there I want have to worry about there being enough passing."
Although Brooks expects to set visits to Oklahoma, LSU and Florida in the future, he only has the one to Arkansas set up right now.
"I can't really say who my leader is because I have not visited any of the schools," Brooks said. "But I know I like where the Razorback program is headed."
Brooks knows former Allen standouts Casey Dick – who will be starting Saturday – and defensive tackle Marcus Shavers.
"I got to know those guys a little bit since they are from Allen," Brooks said. "I know Arkansas recruits a lot of players from Texas and is fair about playing time no matter where you are from."
Brooks is excited about the fact that he has been selected for the U.S. Army All-American Game, which will feature the nation's top 80 seniors and will be televised live by NBC at noon.
"It's a great honor and I am really looking forward to it," Brooks said. "We had a lot of fun at our school with the presentation."
The announcement was made on Oct. 24 at Irving MacArthur.
"Ron Brooks is one of the top wide receiver prospects in the entire nation," said Garrett Shea, Director of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. "He's got the speed, quickness and burst to really be a standout at the next level. He explodes off the ball, runs very crisp routes, then goes up with his great hands to snatch the ball out of the air. In addition, once he gets in the open field he is very difficult to bring down."
He will probably have a pretty good idea at that time where he is going to play his college football.
"I'm just going to make these visits and see where I best fit in," Brooks said. "Then we will go from there."
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