Devante Brooks is becoming one of the most sought after junior tight ends in the nation. The 6-foot-6 and 235-pound recruit from Washington (D.C.) Johns College is on the field with his teammates right now.
"We are doing 7-on-7 and we have a tournament," Brooks said. "They are using me as a tight end in 7-on-7 and could get moved out as an X from time to time. Trying to create a mismatch and get me on a linebacker or a safety."
With Brooks you are going to get big target, but it's more than that. He will list off his ability to catch the football, but it's definitely after being a leader on the football field.
"I am always trying to pump up my team; I am a leader." - Devante Brooks
"I would say that my catching ability has improved going into my junior year. I am considered the best reach blocker in the conference and I am still improving in that area.
"This is just my fourth year of playing football. I came here from Germany five years ago. I wasn't able to play tackle football there because of age; only flag."
As an actual junior-to-be one could get lost in the process that Brooks will be coming through for the next couple years. He says that the offers don't matter when your feet are on the gridiron.
"I think that it's really easy to do actually. I don't focus on it too much. People want to talk about offered, but on the field they don't mean a thing."
The offer list is continuing to grow for Brooks. It's growing nearly by the day and there are some possible trips on the horizon. There are no concrete visit plans. More than likely Brooks visits local schools for the most part this summer.
"Last season I went to Penn State for a couple games and I took a junior day visit to Virginia Tech. I am planning on some trips to some local schools this summer, but nothing is set yet."
The offer from Nebraska came in last week. There hasn't been a chance to catch up with the staff yet to talk about the offer. Brooks was looking at calling them tomorrow.
"We haven't spoken yet. I am planning on calling them on Tuesday. The came in two weeks ago and a week later the offer came. It came as a surprise because to that point there hadn't been a lot of interest in me."
Brooks will admit that he knows little to nothing about Nebraska. As chance would have it he was on an unofficial visit when a team was facing the Huskers. It was at least a little bit of an introduction ahead of the offer.
"I actually don't know a lot about Nebraska. I was at Penn State and they were playing Nebraska. I didn't know a lot about them at that time and I was impressed with what I saw."