Change is big for Charles Brooks.
More specifically, change within the University of Kansas football program. The coaches want it. They want to make the Jayhawks a winner.
So, too, does Brooks. At the close of an official visit to the Lawrence, Kan. campus this weekend, the 6-foot-6, 240-pound tight end from Scottsdale (AZ) Community College gave his verbal pledge to Head Coach Charlie Weis and receivers coach Rob Ianello.
"He was happy," Brooks said, of Weis. "He and Coach I were happy I committed. I've got a chance to come in and start, and make a difference."
In addition to the chance for early playing time and the meshing of their goals for the program, the idea of playing in a Charlie Weis offense was intriguing to him as well. During his stint at Notre Dame from 2005-2009, he groomed a pair of high NFL draft picks at the position in Anthony Fasano and Kyle Rudolph.
"What really led me to becoming a Jayhawk is the type of offense Coach Weis runs," Brooks explained. "It's tight end friendly. I think I can catch a lot of balls, score a lot of touchdowns and help the team win a lot of games."
"I know all the coaching staff wants to change KU around and change the program around," he added. "And that's what I'm looking forward to doing."
As a redshirt freshman during the 2011 season, Brooks hauled in 26 passes for 317 yards and five touchdowns in just nine games. He will have three years to play three left on his eligibility clock at Kansas.
He will graduate in May, and arrive in Lawrence in June.