Last year, in a year where his team threw the ball significantly less than in previous years, Brackett still managed 856 yards in the air, along with 250 yards on the ground. During his So. year Brackett initially began to turn heads as he recorded over 1,600 yards through the air to go along with 15 TDs. His rushing prowess, something new to Brackett's arsenal, surprised opposing defenses last year and is sure to keep opponents guessing this year.
Like many of today's young athletes Brackett is spending a significant portion of his free time honing his athletic skills. He has been attending Parisi's Speed School once per week in addition to working on his throwing mechanics, with former SuperBowl MVP Phil Simms.
"I've been throwing with Phil Simms. It's been just amazing. He's really just a great person and he's taught me so much. The way I was throwing before, it kind of put a little stress on my arm and he helped me change that."
Though still very early in the recruiting process we asked Brackett what his impressions were of the schools on his early offer list.
Rutgers: "They're an up and coming program. The facilities have been upgraded tremendously and are all really nice, and the coaching staff, they're all just great people."
Toledo: "They're a good program. I've seen them on TV and ESPN a lot and they obviously have a winning tradition."
Penn State: "Penn State kind of speaks for itself. Their coaching staff is great. The thing I like about them the most is their focus on academics."
Many of the top schools are currently taking a wait and see approach in regards to Brackett, deciding to see the young prospect throw in person before they extend an offer. However, with his offer list having tripled during the last month, it may only be a matter of time before others schools join the bandwagon. Among those schools showing significant interest at this time are Virginia, Boston College, Florida, and Ohio State.
Brackett along with many of the top prospects in the region will be on hand for the Elite College Combine this Wednesday, to be held in Randolph, New Jersey. Brackett indicates that he has yet to decide on where he intends on camping this summer, but will begin thinking about it after Wednesday.
"I think after the combine I'll start to think about it more. All the camps are basically within a two week period so I have to decide which ones I'll be able to attend and which I won't."
Though Brackett is a star on the gridiron, he is not to be taken lightly on the hardwood. At 6-foot-6 he is an imposing figure that warrants a defense's attention. The Lawrence HS basketball team finished 17-6 this past year, second in the division to Trenton High. The future D-1 football player received 2nd-Team All-Conference and 3rd-Team All-Area recognition and is just shy of eclipsing the 1,000-point mark for his career.
Indeed, his basketball skills impressive, several schools have begun to pursue Brackett for a possible hardwood collegiate scholarship, including Florida State, Villanova and Penn State.
"I love basketball but I think that football is what I'm planning to stick to."
Brackett lists no favorites at this time and remains wide open.
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