As National Letter of Intent Day approaches, the number of quality available prospects has greatly diminished. However, there are still a number of quality players available. Amidst the Rutgers commitments and prospects visiting on the weekend of January 19th is standout RB Jourdan Brooks. He has already completed visits to Syracuse (9/9), Illinois (12/10), and Tennessee (1/12).
As far as his favorites, Brooks stated the following:
Syracuse -"the facilities were nice. The only thing that bothered me was the weather." The coaches stated that the flexibility of the offense would allow him to play both TB and FB along with a chance to display his ball catching skills.
Illinois - "Although the area was really flat, it was a really nice visit. The starting quarterback, Juice Williams was my host. We talked about the atmosphere and the student life...One of my former teammates attends the school, so it will be cool knowing some one at the school."
Tennessee - "It was a really great visit. I had a chance to hang out with all of the players and the recruits. They feel that they will have a chance to win the national championship next year."
Brooks stated that Illinois and Tennessee are tied for the lead for his services. The history of success of the two programs will not matter. He stated that they are the same type of programs and they were his two best visits. The track record of success will not matter to Brook as he states "some of the best players in the nation are going to Illinois, so they will be good soon. Tennessee will continue to be a winning program".
On the weekend of January 19th, Brooks will be visiting Rutgers. He feels that the Scarlet Knights had a great season. His former teammate, Joseph Lefeged, has been actively recruiting Brooks by contiguously mentioning the Big East program. Since Brian Leonard has finished his eligibility, Brooks sees a chance to immediately compete for a starting position. The commitment of Anthony Davis and the other offensive linemen to the 2007 class has him thinking about the possibilities of running behind such a potentially good line.
As far as a decision, Brooks anticipates making a decision within a week or two after this visit.to Rutgers.
Note: As a senior, Brooks ran for more than 700 yards on 50 carries with 10 touchdowns. On defense, he recorded 43 tackles and 4 sacks from his linebacker position. On the track, he has a personal best of 10.6 in the 100-meters.Profile: Jourdon Brooks