After recently being quoted as stating he'd like to look into the JUCO ranks for as many as six players this upcoming season, Coach Brooks is keeping a close eye on El Camino JC. Having had recent success in the area, Brooks has already expressed significant interest in two prospects out of the Golden state - Marcel Reece and Marvin Arnold.
Arnold, a 6-foot-3, 285 pound tackle whom earned 1st Team All-league and 2nd Team All-City out of Carson High School prior to his arrival at El Camino, can play a variety of spots at the next level.
"Schools are recruiting me at—offensive tackle," Arnold explained. "I have good feet and I am fast for my size. I have the ability to adjust because I have played all the line positions."
Despite being the lone offer to date, Arnold states the Wildcats are currently in a dawg fight with Ole Miss, Oregon and Kansas State. Arnold has already set up an official visit to Ole Miss for this weekend and intends on setting one up with Oregon. As for Kentucky?
"I'm looking at the game options right now," Arnold stated. "It depends on what happens with our season. This weekend worked out (for Ole Miss) because I had a bye week."
According to Arnold, Kentucky will definitely get a visit, though. A probable December enrollee, the Wildcats would garner the big offensive lineman's services for spring practice.
"Hopefully this December. If I pass all of my classes this semester, I will graduate in December."
If Arnold does make his visit, odds are he'll be visiting with his talented and exciting playmaking teammate, Marcel Reece.
Marcel Reece possesses a very rare combination of size, speed and physicality. At 6-3, 235 pounds, he maintains 4.4 speed and has been called a 'freak of nature.' Reece played in seven games last fall at Chaffey College before transferring to El Camino for this season.
At Chaffey, he recorded 25 catches for 600 yards and seven touchdowns. He plans to graduate in December of '05 from El Camino and show up at his college of choice in the spring of '06 with three years to play two.
As a senior at Hesperia, CA, Marcel Reese was a first team all-league selection in football, basketball and track. On the gridiron, he had 41 receptions for 989 yards and 11 touchdowns. His best 400 time in track is a 49.8.
One of the more attractive traits about Reece is his blocking ability. Something UK wide receivers coach and offensive coordinator Joker Phillips demands out of his patrons.
"I am a physical wide receiver and I know that blocking is a major part of the game. I love blocking for running backs and my other teammates. I feel I bring a new dimension to the game with my size, speed, strength and blocking ability."
With the recruiting season heading into its most pivotal stretch, looks like Brooks and company won't be quiet for long.