Ron Brooks Likes the Tigers

Ron Brooks, a 6-0, 175 pound wide out with 4.5 speed from MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, is one of the top high school wide receivers in the country.

Ron Brooks, a 6-0, 175 pound wide out with 4.5 speed from MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, is one of the top high school wide receivers in the country.


As a junior at MacArthur, Brooks earned all-district honors after accumulating 778 yards and 13 touchdowns on 43 catches. This season, he looks to play a different role for the squad, as he is slated to be the teams' starting quarterback, a position he started off at his freshman year.


"I think I'm a good passer," he said of his skills as the signal caller, "I'm excited about being in that role and being the leader of the team. We should go far in the playoffs."


Brooks says that when he played the QB position in the past, he was primarily a runner, but thinks that the offense will be more balanced this season, with him mixing the run and the pass more.


He has also caught the attention of some college scouts for his defensive skills, with some schools looking at signing him as a cornerback, though the majority of coaches feel his best fit would be at wide receiver.


"LSU has said they just want to sign me and worry about where they will play me later," said the nation's No. 6 receiver. "That is fine with me. A lot of them say I could play receiver or corner for them but there are a few that just say receiver. Lately, LSU coaches have talked a lot about receiver but they say they want to see me run around some so they can picture me playing corner."


Brooks claims somewhere in the neighborhood of 25 scholarship offers from schools all over and says that the Tigers of LSU sit high on his list of potential schools he will play for starting in 2007.


"I grew up watching LSU," Brooks said. "Then I really became a fan when they won the National Championship in 2003. It would be cool to play for them."


Also on Brooks' list of favorite schools are Florida, Notre Dame and Nebraska, as well as Texas A&M; the only school where he attended camp this summer.


He currently holds offers from all those schools, and says he has also gotten attention from Texas, though they haven't offered him anything yet.


What makes some of those schools stand out?


"At Florida, I could play early," Brooks said, "and they have a good passing rate for players in school. I got a feel for what A&M was like when I watched their camp, and Nebraska has a lot of tradition."


And LSU?

"I like LSU a lot," said Brooks, who reports a 3.0 GPA and an 18 on the ACT. "I have some family down there so that would be kind of cool. I really like the campus and the area too. The facilities are really nice and the coaches seem really great. Plus, they seem to put a lot of emphasis on academics and give you a lot of support to make sure you graduate."

Brooks is making plans to take official visits to all of those schools, beginning with A&M at the end of the month. He also expects to make an official visit to LSU, and says he is anxious to get to talk with head coach Les Miles.


"[LSU wide receivers] coach Todd Monken has been in charge of recruiting me," he said of the LSU staff. "I've text messaged with him a lot, and he seems like a cool guy. I haven't talked to coach Miles yet, but I really hope to when I visit there."


Brooks added that he feels like he would be a good fit in the LSU receiving corps, which has sent multiple athletes to the NFL in the past few seasons, and that he thinks he could be another good receiver in the Tigers already loaded receiving game.





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