Recruiting: LB Daniel Brooks

The defensive scheme brought to Ole Miss by new defensive coordinator Chuck Driesbach employs two pure linebackers. Consequently, it doesn't take a large pool of linebackers to be successful. Nevertheless, seniors Ryan Hamilton and Eddie Strong ended the spring as projected starters and they will have to be replaced. Also, Lanier Goethie received the Chucky Mullins Award for the 2002 season and he too is a senior. Daniel Brooks is one of the best in the nation and he has ties to Mississippi.

"I'm originally from Mississippi," said Brooks. "My mother still lives in Mississippi. My teammates have nicknamed me ‘Mississippi,' too."

Brooks plays for Central-Merry High School in Jackson, Tennessee. He lives with an aunt and does not have the natural ties to the Volunteers program that many Tennessee prospects grow up with. Still, the Volunteers will get a long look from Brooks.

"Tennessee, Alabama, Ole Miss, Arkansas, and Middle Tennessee State are my top five," said Brooks. "They have all offered. Auburn, Louisiana State, Indiana, and Memphis have also offered."

As a junior, Brooks made 103 tackles and three sacks. He also competed on the track team as a 200-meter sprinter. Brooks attended summer football camps at Alabama, Arkansas, and Tennessee. Central-Merry opens their season at home against Southside High School from Jackson.

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