6-3, 270 pounds
Williamsport Area (Pa) High School
- As a freshman, Brooks had 27 total tackles, four tackles-for-loss, one sack, one QB hurry and one pass breakup.
- In 2004, Brooks was in for 186 plays. He collected a tackle, QB hurry or pass breakup on 16% (29) of the plays.
- Named the team's top defensive newcomer after the 2004 season.
High School Accolades
- three-star prospect and No. 54 DE in the nation by Scout.com
- SuperPrep All-American
- No. 12 player in Pennsylvania by SuperPrep
- TE coach Curt Cignetti
- DE Ray Brooks got a late start to NC State, but he proved in 2004 that it was certainly worth the wait. While overshadowed by super DE's Mario Williams and Manny Lawson, Brooks showed that he was more than up to the task when called on to play last season. His stats per play were right in line with all-conference selection Lawson. Interestingly, Brooks became more and more of a contributor as the 2004 season wore on, getting 158 of his 186 snaps during the second half of the season. He had his biggest game of the year during the Pack's complete defensive domination of Maryland last October. Brooks recorded six tackles and one tackle for loss in that contest. In 2005, look for even more from this rising star. With a year to mature, both physically and mentally, there will be little drop-off when he spells Mario Williams this upcoming season, and it appears that Brooks will give the Pack a solid option at defensive end for several years to come.
- Unless he moves to a starting slot due to injury, Brooks' chances at postseason awards are likely a year away. 2005 should give the rising sophomore one more year to mature and learn behind two of the top defensive ends in NC State history.