Brooks Starting To Heat Up

He hasn't received the notoriety of his peers … yet. Louisville (Ky.) Doss senior power forward Jeff Brooks is quietly ascending up the recruiting wish lists so don't be surprised when coaches stroll into town this fall to continue their evaluations.

On paper, it wasn't a big year from a high school perspective. Louisville Doss Class of 2007 power forward Jeff Brooks averaged just 11 points a night. The 6-foot-8 big man garnered offers from Western Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky.

Then it happened. Brooks broke out in the summer of 2006.

"When I went to Blue Chip camp I dominated and that's when my name got around," Brooks told "I was a low major to possibly a mid-major. Then I went to Myrtle Beach and played in a Five-Star Camp. Then, right around Las Vegas I blew up a little bit. It was a special summer for me because everyone got to see me play."

Nowadays, Brooks has offers from Penn State, Virginia Tech, SMU, Georgia, Clemson and Old Dominion. Louisville, Kentucky, North Carolina State, West Virginia and East Carolina have made calls and showed interest.

Brooks is thrilled with the exposure that finally has come his way. "I guess it's because (big schools) were recruiting players that were highly ranked before they went to Vegas. I guess that's what the deal was. It's an exposure thing. I wish I could have had all the exposure these guys had early and I'm not getting it until my senior year."

These days, exposure has not been tough to come by for Brooks. This month he sat down with the head coach at Louisville to discuss his future. "Louisville and Kentucky are getting around to it they said. I had a meeting with Pitino (Aug. 7) and we were talking. Right now he's recruiting 3 other people and if they don't work out there will be room for me. Right now I'm wide open and out there fishing around."

Virginia Tech is a place he'd like to visit in September and ditto for Old Dominion. Others will surely follow.

Who is Jeff Brooks? That's a question a lot of schools will get answered for themselves when they go in and sit down with him in September. For now, he's a guy who is still heating up after a long summer.

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