WR Brooks Talks Top 4-Irish, Visit Plans

Notre Dame ventured to Jonesboro (Ark.) High to see receiver Zac Brooks in the spring, and he is returning the favor by scheduling a visit to campus. Brooks spoke with IrishEyes.com about his interest in Notre Dame, why the school is in his top four, when he wants to make a decision and what other schools will see him this summer.

Jonesboro (Ark.) High receiver Zac Brooks is looking forward to a July visit to Notre Dame because of what he knows about the school, what he's heard, and certainly what he expects. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Brooks is looking at the Irish very hard.

"I'm very interested in them," Brooks said. "They're in my top four right now. I'm going to go visit up there some time in July. They're an outstanding program. I have great expectations for when I go there.

"I know they've got good football, and as far as the school …academics are more than you can ask. That's a doubleheader right there. My expectations are for them to be the most powerful school out there because of who they are."

Brooks also lists Clemson, "probably" North Carolina and Alabama as schools he is planning to visit this summer, and he is looking forward to getting to South Bend, Ind., so he can further his relationship with assistant coach Tony Alford, and build one with coach Brian Kelly.

"(Coach Alford) is a very straight-up guy," Brooks said. "He's a very house-warming guy. He's easy to get along with. He's a good person to be around.

"I think I'll get to know (coach Kelly) when I get to campus because (coach Alford) just introduced me (on the phone) when I talked to him for a little bit."

Brooks is rated as the 36th-best receiver in Scout.com's 2012 class after a junior season in which he amassed nearly 1,400 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns.

The Irish are recruiting him to play in the slot.

"I'm comfortable in there," he said. "I'm pretty much doing the same thing with my high school team."

Brooks has a loose timeline for making a decision, but those plans could change.

"I plan on doing it in mid-September, or the beginning of football season," he said. "But if all doesn't go as planned, then it will probably be after the season in January. I do want to take my official visits."

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