Brooks Remains Hopeful After Camp Outing

South Lake High (Groveland, Fla.) receiver James Brooks was hoping to secure an offer from Notre Dame from his Thursday camp performance, but it didn't materialize. However, Brooks said he knows what he needs to work on, and he is optimistic an offer could be coming soon.

South Lake High (Groveland, Fla.) receiver James Brooks headed to Notre Dame in hopes of earning an offer Thursday, and while he left without one, he is hopeful one will come his way in the coming days.

The 5-foot-9, 190-pound Brooks acknowledged he didn't have his best outing at Notre Dame's camp, but his optimism is buoyed by knowing he needs to work on one thing for it to happen.

"It's something simple," Brooks said. "They said I need to do some work so I catch the ball better. They said they were going to talk about it in the next few days and let me know (about an offer). But they want me to work on catching the ball."

One thing that is undeniable is Brooks' speed. He ran the 40-yard dash twice, and both times clocked in at 4.45 seconds.

He was hoping to grab the offer from Notre Dame, and perhaps end his recruitment as well, but it didn't work out that way.

"I'm not disappointed because the coaches said they were impressed by what I did," Brooks said. "They just want to make sure I have sure hands. I told them I was going to work on them, and I talked to them afterward and told them I have sure hands."

Brooks is a late-comer on the recruiting scene, but could see his offer list grow considerably if he makes the camp rounds. He holds offers from Memphis, Kent State and Florida A&M, and he will head to several other camps, including one at Florida State.

He said he his early-camp problems centered on trying too hard to impress the coaching staff.

"There were a couple of defensive backs I was really impressed by, and I felt like there was a lot of attention on myself, a lot of eyes on myself," Brooks said. "I really didn't perform the way I wanted to, and I felt like everything I did was being watched. Once I calmed down, I started making more plays, getting more catches, and things like that."

However, once the camp starting rolling along, and once Brooks got comfortable on the field, his performance improved.

"Once I got into the 1-on-1s and drill work, I felt comfortable there and did my best," he said.


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