Kennedy Brooks (© Greg Powers)

Breaking Down Oklahoma Signee Kennedy Brooks

Scout and take a closer look at Oklahoma signee Kennedy Brooks, the No. 1 running back in Texas.

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Kennedy Brooks, Running Back, Mansfield (Texas)

Size: 5-11, 185

Recruiting: Brooks committed in early October to Oklahoma, which he chose over offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Kansas State, Michigan, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Washington, and Wisconsin, among others.

Rankings: Brooks is Scout's top-ranked running back in the state of Texas for 2017, as well as the No. 9 running back nationally. Brooks is also the No. 103 overall prospect in the 2017 Scot 300.


HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: Playing in Texas Class 6A football, Brooks got his first action as a freshman before assemblign one of the best three-year runs in recent Dallas-Fort Worth football history. He ran for 7,658 yards and 96 touchdowns and helped Mansfield High to a cumulative record of 29-10 in his sophomore through senior seasons.

2016: Brooks capped a stellar high school career with a senior season that saw him run for 2,853 yards and 40 touchdowns on 10.0 yards per carry as he helped Mansfield to a 10-3 record and a Texas Class 6A Division II third-round playoff appearance.

2015: As a junior, Brooks had a monster season as he rushed for 3,522 yards and scored 42 touchdowns and caught six passes for 92 yards to help Mansfield to a 12-3 record. He was named the Scout Midlands Junior of the Year and earned all-area and all-district honors for his efforts.

2014: Brooks enjoyed a breakout sophomore season as he ran for 1,271 yards and 14 touchdowns, while catching five passes for 115 yards and one score.

2013: Brooks got his very first varsity action as a freshman. He carried the ball three times for 12 yards.

Seven-touchdown playoff performance

Early senior-season clips

Evaluation notes

Kennedy Brooks is a unique high-major running back prospect in the sense that he combines a smooth running style with power and tackle-breaking ability. smooth runner. He can run over you or run around you. Brooks looks bigger in person than his listed height and weight suggests. When he sees a hole or has to get past a defender he makes a move and then uses a gliding, quick-twitch style, which makes him tough to get a clean shot on in the open field. Brooks has tremendous body control and balance, which allow him to stay on his feet when lowering his shoulder to deliver a blow or spinning away from defenders. Perhaps most telling, Brooks has been an outrageously high-production back playing against some of the best high school football competition in America in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex' Class 6A. - Greg Powers and Gabe Brooks

  • Balance
  • Power
  • Tackle-breaking ability

Areas to Improve
  • Elusiveness

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