The graduation of Brian Leonard might have left a void at the fullback position for Rutgers. This possibility has prompted the Rutgers coaching staff to identify a suitable replacement. Rutgers has taken a step toward this goal with the commitment of Jourdon Brooks. He selected Rutgers over offers from Tennessee, Illinois, and Syracuse. This 6'1"-240lb RB ran for more than 700 yards on 50 carries with 10 touchdowns, while registering 43 tackles and 4 sacks as a linebacker.
Brooks stated the reason why he selected Rutgers over his other suitors were due to the people, early playing time, and the education. As for the people, he loved the coaches and support personnel. They made him feel welcome and at home. This feeling of home was evident during his official visit, where all of the visitors were committed players. It gave Brooks the chance to bond with a number of his future classmates.
It was important for Brooks to have an opportunity to compete for a starting position as a freshmen. Therefore, playing time was the biggest reason for selecting the Scarlet Knights. He stated that "I did not want to sit on the bench for the first two years and I want to contribute immediately". Towards this end, Brooks has set some pretty high goals for his freshman year which goes well beyond just starting. He plans to be named All-Big East and All-American as a freshmen. It seems that Brooks is looking to pick up where Brian Leonard left off. As for a comparison between the two runner, Brook states that "we are two aggressive runners but he likes to jump over people and I never tried that...I am a little faster. I would describe myself as a tough runner with speed, who is willing to fight for every yard and run away from the secondary". Brooks stated that he was timed at 4.53 at the Maryland Junior Combine and has run a 10.6 in the 100-meters.
In order to increase his agility and speed, Brooks plans on reporting to Summer camp at 230lbs and competing for the starting fullback position.