Cougars Get a Corner

Brannon Brooks, a cornerback from the Sacramento, California area committed to Cougar coaches earlier today. The Elk Grove High School product is the first cornerback to commit to BYU during this prolific recruiting off-season. HE is the 19th overall commitment for the recruiting class of 2007.

"I committed to Coach Mendenhall earlier today," said Brannon Brooks. "I like where BYU is going and I know that it is the best place for me to attend school and to play football."

An Unexpected Turn

Growing up outside of Sacramento, Brooks never gave much thought to BYU. He was very unfamiliar with what BYU was and what attending school there was all about. When he received a letter inviting him and his father to Provo for junior day, Brooks had no idea what to expect.

"I didn't know what BYU would be like before I went out there," said Brooks. "It wasn't a place I thought I'd seriously consider. I knew it was a Mormon school, but that was about it. I didn't know much about Mormons or anything. I had no expectations."

What Brooks found when he arrived in Provo, Utah was program that made him feel at home. Both Brannon and his father were struck by how comfortable they felt in the community.

"I was really impressed with how close-knit everyone was," said Brooks. "The players, the and coaches, everyone accepted me immediately and made me feel like I belonged there. BYU immediately became a place where I wanted to be and I left with good feelings about everything about BYU."

During his visit, Brooks was able to sit in on a defensive backs meeting with new cornerbacks coach Jaime Hill and the rest of the defensive backs. During that meeting, Brooks came away with a feeling that everything about the Cougar program and with the defensive backs was on the up and up.

"I love coach Hill," said Brooks. "I love how he coaches and how he presents himself. I'm impressed with his coaching knowledge and how he runs things. Playing for Coach Hill and being coached by him is something I'm looking forward to."

Catching the Wave

Brooks has been following Cougar recruiting very closely since his visit to Provo and is well aware of the wave of recruits that have already given their word to sign a letter of intent with BYU this coming February. Having seen 18 commitments already in, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound cornerback felt the need to catch the wave early and be part of what Bronco Mendenhall and his staff are building.

"I've followed what's been going on [at BYU] very closely, and I just decided that I want to be part of it," said Brooks. "They have so many commitments already and I didn't want to be left out. They're committing some very good athletes, and it's an honor for me to be part of what's going on over there."

Brooks also mentioned BYU's unique environment and educational opportunities as chief reasons for his commitment.

"Coach Mendenhall laid it all out for me," said Brooks. "He told me what was expected of me and how I needed to excel not only in athletics, but in school and in living a BYU life-style with good standards, and I like that. I'm excited to be a BYU Cougar and help return BYU to glory."

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