Miami DL commits to Louisville

While Louisville still awaits a decision from three-star Miami (FL) Northwestern star defensive tackle Todd Chandler, another talented defensive lineman from Miami told the Louisville coaches recently that he wants to play for the Cardinals next season.

Jamaine Brooks, a 6-3, 290-pound defensive tackle from Miami (FL) Palmetto, informed early Friday morning that he told Louisville he wants to play in the Big East next season.

"I committed to Louisville," Brooks said in a text message at 6 a.m.

Brooks made an official visit to Louisville last weekend and told following the visit the Cardinals had moved to the top of the list.

Jermaine Brooks committed to Louisville earlier this week.
This week, Louisville head coach Charlie Strong and assistant Clint Hurtt met with Brooks in Miami. It didn't take long after that visit for Brooks to commit to the Cardinals.

"I liked it a lot when I went up there, I liked the players and coaches because they treated me like I was already a part of the team," Brooks said. 'Coach Strong and Coach Hurtt came in [this week]. They just said with my size they could push me to be on the greats."

Brooks said he's done with recruiting and has no visits scheduled for this coming weekend. He also had offers from Illinois, Minnesota, Norfolk State and Western Michigan.

A former high school teammate of current Louisville wide receiver Andrell Smith, Brooks is the third defensive lineman to commit to Charlie Strong. He joins four-star Florida defensive end B.J. Butler and PRP defensive end Brandon Dunn. Brooks has the strength and versatility to make an immediate impact for the Cardinals defense.

"[Louisville] said they need some big, aggressive linemen that can play. That's what he's looking for," Brooks said.

Brooks was rated one of the Top 5 defensive linemen in Miami-Dade by the Miami Herald. He led Palmetto to a 7-3 mark as a senior. Brooks was a third team All-Dade County 6-A selection this season.

"I played every position on the line. I played nose guard, defensive tackle, and defensive end," Brooks told recently. "I feel like I'm an overall defensive lineman. Some players only have certain aspects of a lineman, but I feel I have them all. If I can get the right coach, I feel like I can get to the NFL."

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