Brooks has a handle on recruiting

For Ron Brooks it's the calm before the storm. College coaches are getting prepared for their season, but as soon as the September contact period begins college recruiters will be bombarding the standout wide receiver with phone calls.

Scout.com's No 6 rated wide receiver Ron Brooks (5-foot-11, 170 pounds) of MacArthur high school (Irving, Texas) is excited that football season is back, but he's also excited to move forward with the recruiting process.

"Florida, LSU, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Kansas State," Brooks responded when asked to list the schools he is favoring. "Everybody is recruiting me as an athlete except Texas. Texas is recruiting me as a defensive back.

"I wouldn't say that I'm not interested in playing DB, but if it's necessary for me to switch my position to play at the school that I feel is right for me than I'd do that. I'm just trying to stay level-headed and make the decision that's best for me and my career."

The next step for Brooks will be to visit the schools that he's considering. He hasn't finalized the five schools that will receive his official visits, but he is certain of one trip.

"Me, Bret Harris and another one of my teammates Kelly Griffin are going to Nebraska together," Brooks said. "They're the only one that offered all of a scholarship, so we're going to all go there at the same time and watch them play Texas. We have a game on that Thursday night, so we'll leave that Friday morning, catch the game on Saturday and then leave on Sunday."

The Irish are among the schools Brooks is still considering, and there is a good chance that he will visit South Bend.

"Last week I texted them," Brooks said of his contact with the Irish staff. "I'm just waiting to get my official visit planned and go up there and see what's going on. Hopefully they want me to come up there."

LSU will also be a major player in Brook's recruitment and they will likely receive an official visit. Besides the campus visits a team's performance during the 2006 season will affect Ron's decision.

"I'll take a look at who is coming back and who is leaving," Brooks explained. "It's important to see who will have an impact when I come in. I don't want to red-shirt, but I don't have any problem competing for my position.

"My philosophy is that I'm the only one that can keep me from playing by how hard I practice. I don't want anybody to say, ‘He went to a program that didn't have any receivers.' I want them to see that I had to earn my spot and that I had to earn the starting position. I don't want anything given to me. I want to earn everything by what I do.

"My biggest asset is that I don't wait for the ball," Brooks said. "I go out and get it before it gets to my body. My speed would be my other big asset."

As a junior Brooks had 43 catches for 778 yards and 13 touchdowns.


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