Chris Brooks has played a key role in propelling his Newbury Park (Calif.) squad to a quick 2-0 start on the young season. With three receiving touchdowns including a 74-yarder, the 5-foot-9, 170-pound three-star rated athlete is proving worthy of being ranked the fifth-best athlete in California for the 2017 class.
Brooks holds nine scholarship offers, which includes a pair of Pac-12 schools and a half dozen Mountain West programs. USC, Brooks told Scout, is also showing strong interest.
As his play on the field heats up, his recruitment off it is doing the same. Four schools currently stand out to the versatile playmaker.
"Colorado State, U of A, Washington State and I'm getting a lot of interest from SC, so I'm talking to them a lot. Hopefully I can get that (offer)," Brooks said.
Brooks said his relationship with each of those coaching staffs has played the biggest role in determining his favorites.
"I have a good connection with those coaches. They're big programs and I feel like I could succeed in all those offenses, and become one with all those teammates and coaches. I feel like they'll use me in the right ways in their offense."
The electric athlete said schools are primarily recruiting him as an offensive athlete, with intentions to play him all over the field - at slot receiver, out wide, and possibly even some tailback. He could also play cornerback, but his love is on the offensive side.
Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo, cornerbacks coach Terry Fair and graduate assistant Doug Sailor have formed strong bonds with Brooks. The trio is impressed with Brooks' explosiveness, his work ethic, versatility and his ability to communicate with teammates.
The Newbury Park star is in the process of scheduling visits and his first official visit should be to CSU in the coming weeks.
"The first school I'll probably visit is Colorado State," he said. "I'll probably start taking visits after this weekend, so I'll probably go there next Friday and come watch the game Saturday (against Northern Colorado)."
What is sticking out about the Rams to Brooks?
"Just the communication with the coaches. I talk to them often. They're great people and I feel I have a great connection with them. I feel like they'll use me right in their offense exactly how I want to be used."
He admitted that another factor in particular also has caught his attention.
"It would definitely be their new jerseys that just came out," Brooks said of CSU. "Their new jerseys really stand out to me. I'm a fan. I could definitely see myself in those."
CSU, Washington State, San Diego State and Arizona are schools Brooks is planning on visiting officially this fall. The future Communications major anticipates announcing a commitment once all of those visits have come to pass.