Brooks stays with Louisville

Jamaine Brooks considered backing out of his commitment to Louisville after visiting Minnesota over the weekend. But Wednesday morning, the standout 6-4, 310-pound defensive tackle from Miami, decided to stay firm with his commitment and sign with the Cardinals.

Jamaine Brooks signed with Louisville Wednesday morning despite a late push by the Minnesota coaching staff.

"I'm going to Louisville – you got it first," Brooks told Tuesday. "I just felt [comfortable] with the staff. I talked to Coach Strong after I got back from Minnesota. He just told me they need me."

Brooks gave Louisville a verbal commitment last week, then made a visit to Minnesota over the weekend.

"The only reason I went up there is because I only took one visit to Louisville [before I made a decision], so I just wanted to compare them," Brooks said. "I just didn't want to go to the first school I visited."

When he got back from Minneapolis, Brooks said he was seriously considering signing with the Gophers. But after the visit's luster wore off, Brooks decided his best fit was Louisville.

"I was seriously thinking about it but after thinking about it I would rather go to Louisville," Brooks said.

Louisville placed strong emphasis on recruiting Miami after Strong took over in December. The Cardinals landed commitments from three of Miami Northwestern's best prospects and those commitments ultimately influenced Brooks to sign with UofL.

"They've recruited Miami hard and they've got some guys up there that I'm already cool with that I've know and they're also bringing in some recruits that I know – Michaelee [Harris], Corvin Lamb and Todd [Chandler]," Brooks said. "Those are guys that I'm cool with. So we're going to go up there, play hard and get it done. We'll be the Miami boys."

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