Bessemer, Ala.--Already with scholarship offers including ones from Arkansas State, Cincinnati, Kentucky and Louisville, athletic linebacker Jamal Brooks was recently on the Auburn campus to check out the Tigers. Spending time with Auburn linebackers Coach Travis Williams and the rest of the staff, Brooks said everything about the trip went well.
“It was a great experience, especially with it being my first time down as a recruit,” Brooks said. “I came down when Auburn played Alabama A&M or their homecoming.
“I love the coaching staff with Coach T-Will and Coach (Gus) Malzahn, Coach (Kevin) Steele and Coach (Rodney) Garner,” he added. “They are all great men. It was just an incredible experience.”
With Auburn’s needs at the linebacker position in the 2017 class and expecting to sign at least four players there this year Brooks is a guy that is on the radar at the moment. Still waiting on an offer he said the Tigers are definitely interested.
“They love my film,” Brooks said. “They love how I can drop back and play in the box and come off the edge. It’s the same thing everybody else is telling me. They just love my athleticism basically.
“They said they can’t offer me now but they want to be honest with me,” he added.
“They want to make sure the player-coach relationship is great before they extend the offer. They said an offer should be coming soon. As of right now they just want to speed things up and I’m fine with that.”
That’s not usually the way things are done in the recruiting game with offers coming earlier and earlier, but for Brooks Auburn’s approach he appreciates.
“I love the fact that a coaching staff can be straightforward with me,” Brooks said. “That shows me they respect me not only as a player but as a human being as well.”
Without any favorites at the moment Brooks said he’s still open to all of his current offers as he heads into the spring. If Auburn were to offer he said that one would be a big one for him.
“That would mean a lot knowing that if I do plan on coming to Auburn my parents could trust the coaching staff and I could trust the coaching staff.”