Brooks Has Praise for UMD Early

CLIFTON, Va. -- St. John's (Washington, D.C.) tight end/defensive end Devante Brooks has offers from Maryland, Illinois and Virginia Tech, but at the NFTC in Virginia he sounded quite intrigued by the Terps.

CLIFTON, Va. -- St. John's (Washington, D.C.) tight end/defensive end Devante Brooks has offers from Iowa, Tennessee, NC State, Nebraska, Maryland, Illinois and Virginia Tech, while many others are showing interest.

Brooks figures to be a national recruit, but he had plenty of positive comments about the hometown program early.

See what he had to say in the video below (conducted before he received UT, Iowa, NC State and Nebraska offers):

Also, Rachel Klein just wrote a story on Brooks' most recent offers. Here's the text below:

It didn't take long for word to get out about Washington (D.C.) St. John's 2016 tight end/defensive end Devante Brooks, after his impressive performance at Saturday's Nike Football Training Camp at Centreville High School.

The 6-foot-5, 233-pounder already had offers from Maryland, Virginia Tech, and Illinois, and on Wednesday, he added three more big offers from, Tennessee, Nebraska and Iowa.

"It was pretty crazy," Brooks said. "I actually had no idea Nebraska and Iowa were looking at me, but I had a feeling Tennessee might come because I talked to coach [Mark] Elder last week, but it was still a surprise to have it come in."

Brooks said he didn't know much about the Volunteers program prior to last week, but after a long talk with tight ends coach Mark Elder, he was thoroughly intrigued and impressed with Tennessee's program.

"He [Elder] was talking about facilities, and about how Tennessee has a brand new coaching staff that is really starting the program back up," Brooks said. "He [Elder] was telling me about the facilities and the stadium, and how they have a 100-plus thousand fans always there every game.

"The thing that stood out the most was definitely the new facility that they built. The new indoor facility and new facility for the football players specifically, just the way everything was set up it looked very beautiful. I was very impressed by it, and I can't wait to actually see it, " Brooks said. "I saw pictures of it, and oh man, it was just incredible. The stadium as well, he was telling me about the fans, and it looked pretty amazing." He added, "I love how the fans get really into it, those fans down there they really know how to have some fun and they love football."

Now that Brooks has the offer, a trip to Knoxville is high on his list of priorities.

"I definitely want to get down there for a visit. Tennessee sounds like a great place, and I really want to go down there and see everything myself," Brooks said. "I am hoping I can go down there possibly for a camp this summer or maybe even make it to one of their games."

Just because Brooks knows more about Tennessee, doesn't mean he wasn't excited about his other two offers.

"I was very excited, I just need to learn more about those programs," Brooks said. "I didn't even know I Iowa was interested, but when the coach came I heard he knew exactly who I was and then I found out they offered.

"Then Nebraska, that's a pretty good program," Brooks said. "I saw them play last year against Penn State, it was a pretty nice experience and I like my recruiter [John Papuchis] there.

"I am definitely going to look into those programs more and see what they have to offer," Brooks said. "I am interested and I will definitely call up the coaches and have a conversation with them."

Still, all three schools will have some catching up to do.

"As of right now my family and I we really like Virginia Tech," Brooks said. "We went down there for a junior day (in February) and it was an amazing experience."

Brooks continued: "The campus, the Hokie stone was beautiful and it really stands out, the coaching staff. The whole environment, it was just very welcoming. I really felt at home.

The two-way prospect said Tennessee is a close second behind the Hokies, but his order could be subject to change, as he remains open in his recruitment.

Brooks said he is still hoping to pick up a few more offers, and is working hard to catch the attention of three programs in particular.

"Clemson, Penn State, and Ohio State," Brooks said. "Those are three that I would really like to get."

In the meantime, Brooks isn't in a rush to make a decision; after all, he is only a sophomore.

"I am just looking for a place that fits academically and athletically," Brooks said. "I am going to consider how it feels being there and if I feel like I am meant to be there. I don't want to get pressured into anything."

Brooks is being recruited on both sides of the ball, but mainly tight end. So far only Illinois has offered him for defensive end.

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