Brooks Hoping for Maryland Offer

Seneca Valley (Md.) fullback-linebacker Jourdon Brooks has a handful of offers from schools like Temple, Connecticut and Syracuse, and is receiving increasing interest from powers like Tennessee and Oklahoma. But the offer he covets most -- from the University of Maryland -- hasn't come yet.

p> Brooks, a 6-foot-1, 245-pound senior who runs a 4.53-second 40-yard dash, is hoping for a Maryland offer. He camped at Maryland this summer and hit it off with running backs coach Phil Zacharias, who invited Brooks to visit for the Miami and/or Florida State game.

Recruiting coordinator Dave Sollazzo also requested Brooks give him a call before the start of the season, which Brooks plans to do soon.

"I would really like that [playing at Maryland]. It's close to home, I know the area, and I know it's a really good academic school," Brooks said.

Brooks will be attending both of those games, and also has an official visit to Tennessee planned for August 16. He's been told by the Volunteers that an offer is likely forthcoming.

According to Seneca Valley coach Fred Kim, Brooks could be either an outside linebacker or a fullback in college, though most schools are eyeing him as a fullback. Brooks, meantime, is hoping to play tailback.

"He's the perfect blocking fullback. He's got great hands, he's strong as an ox, he's got a heavy head ... he can run-block or pass-block and you can hand him the ball," Kim said.

It's conceivable Brooks would have an offer by now if the Terps '07 class weren't already filling up. The Terps have accepted 15 verbal commitments already and now ppear to be focusing their efforts on a small group of elite prospects.

"I'm pretty surprised they haven't offered, but it's based on needs, and they only have thirteen scholarships this year," Kim said.

It's also likely that some schools are waiting to see how he does academically before tendering official offers. We'll continue to monitor Brooks' recruitment and whether or not he receives an offer.

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