Jasper (GA.) Pickens County senior running back Shannon Brooks made it on an unofficial visit this past weekend to Minneapolis and felt while there the opportunity was too good to resist pulled the trigger on Thursday night and became a Gopher. The balanced tailback talks about his pledge to Minnesota and how big the people there was in his decision.
“Number one, definitely the people,” Brooks told GopherDigest of the main reason he committed. “The people there are so welcoming. I really like the coaching staff and I got to hang out with the players. I fell in love when I went on that visit. I really like living in a big city, and I did a lot on my visit. I just really liked the people, the city, and it has good football up there.”
The 5-11, 196-pound tailback becomes the 13th commit in the 2015 class and the third running back commit as well. He held offers from Buffalo, Charlotte, Furman, Georiga State, Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State along with hearing from others. Still despite his relationship with his recruiter Coach Brian Anderson isn’t the strongest, he will look to grow that and also dishes out what his favorite part of his visit was to Minnesota as well last weekend.
“My recruiter is coach Brian Anderson,” said Brooks. “I am not real real tight with him, but I’ve talked to him a couple of times and met him a few times and want to grow our relationship. My favorite part of the whole visit was just meeting all of the guys and the coaches really. I would say that was probably my favorite part.”
Now with Brooks in the fold, he plans on bringing some more leadership to this Gopher squad and will do whatever the team needs.
“I am definitely going to bring leadership, and try to get close with all of the players,” said Brooks. “Whatever the coach needs me to bring, I am going to do whatever he asks. I want to also say Go Gophers! That’s all I have to say.”