Jeff Brooks, a 6-foot-8, 190-pound small forward from Doss High in Louisville, sent his letter of intent to the Nittany Lions Wednesday.
Brooks picked Penn State over Arkansas and had offers from a host of schools, including Clemson, Georgia and Virginia Tech. Nearby powers Louisville and Kentucky both showed serious interest but wanted Brooks to wait until the late-signing period before making their offers.
Having earned a three-star rating by Scout.com, Brooks was considered the nation's 17th-best remaining prospect after many recruits signed their letters of intent Nov. 8. He averaged just over 11 points as a junior, but exploded on the national AAU scene (he played for the Derek Smith All-Stars) in the spring and summer, winning four MVP awards at a Blue Chip Camp and another at a Five-Star Camp.
He also won the slam-dunk competition at Blue Chip. The key to the improvement, he said, was being more aggressive offensively. He projects as a wing player at the college level.
Currently, junior Geary Claxton is the only natural small forward in the program. When Claxton can't play, PSU is typically forced to use three guards.
Brooks visited Penn State in mid-September (the week of the Youngstown State football game) and Arkansas a month later.
Brooks joins New York standout point guard Talor Battle as members of DeChellis' incoming recruiting class. The Nittany Lions have no more grants to give for the current crop of high school seniors.