Pennsylvania RB is a very hot commodity

This summer, when recruiting services and publications create their respective rankings, one name that should be high on their list of running backs should be Shane Brooks (6-0, 218, 4.49) Duquesne High School.

Brooks recently received his 10th scholarship offer from former University of Pittsburgh offensive coordinator JD Brookhart to Akron. Shane has offers from Pittsburgh, Virginia, Indiana, Maryland, Connecticut, Syracuse, Missouri, West Virginia, and Kentucky.

Shane has taken a few unofficial visits to Pittsburgh. He attended Blue Chip Day and was in attendance for the spring game. He has also visited Maryland. He is going to Virginia this weekend and Ohio State next weekend.

Brooks gained 1600 yards, averaged 9.1 yards per attempt, and scored 20 total touchdowns in 2003. At defensive tackle he registered 10 sacks. He was named to the 2nd Team AP Class A All-State Team as a specialist, 1st Team All-Eastern Conference, Eastern Conference offensive MVP, Pittsburgh Post Gazette Fabulous 22 South, Tribune-Review Terrific 25, and the McKeesport Dailey News All-District 1st Team in 2003. Shane accomplished all of that while not even being the starter at Duquesne until the 4th game of the season. The Dukes finished the season with a record of 8-3.

Duquesne Dukes head coach Pat Monroe raves about Brooks, "He is a power back with speed. He has enough speed to make you miss. He has tremendous hands and catches everything thrown at him. When he's playing nose tackle it is a tribute to his conditioning. He gets double teamed all game long and still runs to the ball like he's not even tired. Shane is one of those kids who goes non-stop. His motor is always running and that is what college coaches love about him."

One thing about Brooks that most don't know is that he is not even a student at Duquesne. He actually attends Wilson Christian Academy near West Mifflin. Through a co-operative agreement with the PIAA and the WPIAL, students from the Academy can play sports at Duquesne. The agreement was formerly with South Allegheny High School, where Brooks started at RB as a freshman. The co-op was given to a school that bordered West Mifflin School District. It was between Duquesne, Thomas Jefferson, Steel Valley, and West Mifflin. Duquesne was selected as the school where the Wilson Christian Academy students would participate in extra curricular activities. Coach Monroe estimates he has 7 or 8 players from the Academy.

Brooks is a strong physical player he can bench press 300 lbs. and squat 610 lbs. When asked to describe his running style Brooks summed it up with a nice adjective, "Violent. I do what I need to do to get yards. I can run around you, but I'd prefer to run through you."

Brooks plays small forward for the Dukes basketball team, averaging over 16 pts per contest. He is currently active in track where he runs the 100, 200 and the long jump. His best time in the 100 meters so far is 11.2 seconds.

Shane will be attending the Nike Combine at Penn State on May 15th. He will also attend A-K Recruiting Camp, and Metro-Index. This summer Shane is planning on attending several football camps including Missouri, Florida, and possibly Maryland, & Syracuse.

What does Shane like about the two schools he has visited so far?

Pittsburgh: "They have great facilities. It's close to home and they have a great field."

Maryland: "I like the campus there. Everything is right there. It's not all spread out. Academics are important. They built an education center right beside the football field. It's not real far from home either."

Shane Brooks has two goals this season. One is to gain 2,500 yards and his second is to be named to the Big 33 squad. Brooks currently lists Ohio State, Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Missouri, and Indiana as his favorites.

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