While there were a horde of 2011 prospects that showed up at the University of Arkansas Elite Camp last Saturday, there was also several "elite" 2012 ones.
One of those was Jonesboro junior wide receiver Zac Brooks (6-2, 175, 4.4), who got an offer from the Razorbacks during his sophomore season.
It gave him a chance to look over the school for the first time.
"Arkansas seems like a pretty good place to be at," Brooks said. "I love the facilities and the school is pretty nice, too."
"They're good," Brooks added later of Arkansas. "I can see myself in Red. I just want to keep my options open until my senior year."
He moved into the backfield late in the season and rushed 23 times for 217 yards and a pair of scores, blocked a punt and took it back for a touchdown and returned another for six points.
"This year they have moved me to running back obviously so I will probably touch the ball a lot more and I think that will have more of an impact on what I do," Brooks said. "Last year I felt like I had an okay season. I didn't do as good as I expected, but I got the offers."
Brooks makes it clear what is out front for him in the recruiting process and made that clear to Arkansas assistant Tim Horton.
"Academics comes first," Brooks said. "That's the first thing I asked Coach Tim Horton about – how is your academics? Without academics, you've got nothing."
Jonesboro head coach Randy Coleman had some very nice things to say about Brooks in a recent Jonesboro Sun article.
"We are very proud of Zach, certainly because he's a fine player, but more importantly because he is a good student and teammate," Coleman said. "He works hard in the classroom, and he is one of our hardest workers in our off-season program.
"He is all the things a student athlete is supposed to be, and when you add that with great ability, you get a lot of attention from college football programs."
Brooks has been to several camps this summer, including the Nike one in Fort Worth in April where he was named one of the top performers.
"It's been going good so far," Brooks said. "I have been doing a lot of working out, a lot of lifting weights and lot of endurance type workouts."
Brooks is one of at least two Division I prospects at Jonesboro as senior linebacker Brad Shearin is also an outstanding prospect.
He is thinking big about the 2010 season, which features a game at Fayetteville High in week two of the season.
"I think we can make it all the way," Brooks said. "As far as my leadership-wise and the quarterback, we kind of push our team kind of hard. Brad Shearin is there and we have got a great work ethic and dedication… If everybody gets the same mindset, we can win it all."