RB Zac Brooks Profile
With his father, uncle and younger brother, the Scout.com four-star was on the road around 1 a.m. that morning. The party of four arrived to Memorial Stadium just in time for the noon kickoff.
The drive from Jonesboro, Ark. took nearly nine hours. The wait in Clemson traffic lasted almost two hours.
After close to half of a day in the car, Brooks' first game day experience in Tigertown was a good one.
"It was everything that everybody said it was -- the expectations with the crowd and Death Valley, period," he told CUTigers.com recently.
His fellow travelers agreed.
"They had a great time. My little brother he was all happy, waiving the little cheerleading pom-pom they had at the seats," Brooks said. "It was so loud, we were hollering in each others' ears just to hear each other."
Afterwards, the Scout.com four-star prospect met with head coach Dabo Swinney, offensive coordinator Chad Morris, wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott and running backs coach Tony Elliott.
"They were asking me how it was feeling in Death Valley," Brooks said. "I was telling them it was loud, it was great. I told them they had a great game. It was a good game."
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound running back decided to make the visit after practice on Wednesday.
Not only was it his first game in Death Valley, it was also the first-time he saw the Tigers play this season.
"It's a powerful offense. Our football team, we actually run something similar to that," he said. "That offense is crazy. I'm talking about championship crazy."
He doesn't expect to see it in person until next fall. A return is expected until his official visit in January.
The nation's No. 281 ranked player in the class of 2012 still receives interest from other schools.
Arkansas, Auburn, Oklahoma and Memphis remain in contact with him.
"They're still calling me, telling me they want me, in case anything changes. They're not just pushing me to come to their games or anything like that," he said.
Brooks gives them all the same response.
"I tell them that I'm committed," he said.
This season, Brooks has rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns and caught 120 yards worth passes with two scores.
As a junior, he rushed for 1,358 yards on 180 carries with 15 touchdowns. Brooks also caught 33 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns with a kick return for a score.
As a sophomore, Brooks hauled in 38 receptions for 769 yards and five touchdowns. He carried 21 times for 218 yards and two touchdowns and returned a punt for a score.
Brooks impressed with Clemson
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