Terrence Brooks is considered to be one of the top athletes in the state of Florida for the 2010 class. As a junior the Dunnellon, FL standout recorded more than 500 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving for a total of 15 touchdowns. He had six interceptions, three pass break-ups and two forced fumbles on defense. Recruiting has gotten off to a good start for Brooks as 4 schools have offered, while others are in the process of evaluating him at this time.
"Purdue just offered me and the coaches keep coming to see me soon," said Brooks. "I have four offers now from Purdue, Florida State, Miami and UCF. Recruiting is starting to pick up real fast as South Carolina and Tulane and Texas Tech have been contacting me."
Florida State was one of the first programs to offer the two-way standout, and he says he has been trying to build a relationship with two coaches who used to be players for the Seminoles.
"I've built a good relationship with Coach Carter," Brooks said, "and I have known him for a while since he's been here recruiting other players. I've worked on building that relationship so it is good. I also call Terrell Buckley from time to time, and I plan on calling him here soon. I'm looking forward to seeing if he'd be my coach if I went to FSU. It'd be cool because both he and Coach Carter played there, and they have gone through the same things I'm about to go through. There is a lot of NFL experience there."
Early in the process it looked as though Terrence wouldn't be looking at the Seminoles as a legitimate choice as he grew up a huge fan of the Florida Gators. He said a Junior Day visit earlier this year changed the pre-conceived nations he had about FSU.
"Coming from the Ocala/Dunnellon area all we hear is about Florida in all of the newspapers, so growing up I was a fan," explained Brooks. "People around here talk so much crap about FSU so naturally I had reservations about them. When I went up for that Junior Day visit my thoughts changed. What I saw was a good school and great coaches. They did something no one else has done when they showed me what they could do with me as a player. I really liked it there and I like dhow enthusiastic the players were. I still like Florida, but they haven't offered me. The fact they have all of these defensive back commitments means I probably won't be looking at them."
Brooks told NoleDigest that FSU is looking at him as a corner. The fact they signed only one last year is a factor Terrence will be looking at.
"Miami, UCF and Tulane have told me they aren't sure yet where they'd line me up at and that it'll depend on the best fit for the team," said Brooks of where he may play in college. "FSU is looking at me as a corner. It plays a role that they dinged only one player there last year. If I work hard there is a chance I could go in there and compete for early playing time."
Terrence says a decision could be on the horizon as he is hoping to get the recruiting process wrapped up before the start of his senior season. At this time he wants to see who else comes through with an offer, and he wants to get out visiting a few more schools.
"I want to make up my mind soon so I don't have the worries of recruiting going on," stated Brooks. "I want to be able to focus on my senior year. After some more offers come through and I make some visits, I plan on making the decision."
"When I go on these visits I will be looking at the playing time available, academics, and if the coaches can develop me into a good player. Also my grandmother wants me to stay closer to home, so that is going to factor into my decision."
Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Terrence, as well as the rest of the 2010 targets for the Noles.
Brooks Looking at FSU
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