No way of really knowing if there was an extra pep in the step for Mansfield (Texas) High running Kennedy Brooks last weekend.
Brooks committed to Oklahoma earlier in the week and punctuated the week by rushing for 323 yards on 26 carries and four touchdowns.
“The thing about Kennedy is he goes to work every single day and plays hard every single game,” Mansfield coach Daniel Maberry said. “He’s a special player, but he’s jazzed every week if you ask me.”
Brooks has now rushed for 1,508 yards and 20 touchdowns this season and is averaging more than 10 yards per carry.
Ranked No. 121 in the Scout 300, Brooks actually managed to go pretty far under the radar in recruiting, especially back in the spring.
Brooks was an unknown commodity for most people when he visited OU for the first time in March. His mother, Sandra Brooks, didn’t know if OU would be the spot, but she knew Norman felt like home.
“When we went there the first time, we felt the warmth,” she said. “We felt the family-like atmosphere. Everybody was so genuine. It’s just an awesome place.”
Coming off the great visit, it felt like a commitment was bound to happen. But things sort of got off track there for a bit. Kennedy Brooks admitted it wasn’t until three weeks ago where it became clear to all involved the Sooners were dead serious on bringing him in with SoonerSquad17.
Brooks is the highest-ranked OU running back commit since Joe Mixon for the 2014 class, and last week’s performance is just one reason why OU fans are so excited about Brooks coming to Norman.
“I say it almost every week when people ask the question, he’s got such unbelievable vision and patience,” Maberry said. “He sees the plays happening before they develop. He has the patience to wait for the hole and then he hits it.
“He has speed. He has power. And when you put that all together, that’s what really makes him such a special player.”
Brooks hasn’t returned to Norman since that March visit, but it’s clear he’s not worried about that and neither were his parents. Sandra Brooks said the official visit will be worked out, but it’s not a concern at all right now.
“It’s such a great program,” she said. “I think they’re going to continue to help him grow and be a mature football player and young man. We didn’t know it was going to be OU, but it’s such a great opportunity for him.”
Brooks solidifies OU’s stout running back class, and his addition certainly played a part in OU now having the No. 1-ranked class in Scout’s rankings for 2017.
Following Brooks’ special outing in the 47-28 win against Arlington Martin, he was in Dallas for OU’s win against Texas. It was his first time being at the Red River Showdown, and it’s a glimpse of what’s to come for him and his family.
“We’re really excited to be joining the family,” Sandra Brooks said. “This Texas girl is going to OU. It’s going to be fun.”