Ark. WR Zac Brooks gains Stanford offer

Arkansas is not an area of the country in which Stanford's coaches have done much recruiting lately. It's been years and years since a native Arkansan has played his college football on The Farm. That, however, didn't stop coaches David Shaw and Mike Sanford from calling Arkansas wide receiver prospect Zac Brooks with an offer Monday morning…

"It was about 10:15 [Monday] morning," Zac Brooks said. "I was in my multimedia class and my football coach came and got me, and he told me that the Stanford coaches were on the phone. So we talked on the phone then for about 20 minutes. That's when [Stanford] let me know that they were offering me, giving me a full scholarship."

Brooks, who moved from Florida to Arkansas when he was in middle school, holds tenders from Arkansas, Ole Miss, and Arkansas State, in addition to interest from Vanderbilt, LSU, Auburn and North Carolina. He was thrilled to get word of offer No. 4.

"It was terrific," Brooks said. "Stanford is such high quality to get into, and I know this. It means a lot to me academically, because I know that I have good grades, and I know that I'm smart. But to get an offer from Stanford and for them to have seen my transcript and [approve of] my transcript…it was a blessing to me. It gave me motivation to keep doing what I'm doing." [Ed: That last sentence is strong evidence for the argument that Stanford should contact, and when appropriate, offer lots of kids early to expand the academically-eligible pool.]

Shaw and Sanford made sure to emphasize Stanford's academic prowess during their conversation with the talented receiver prospect, who hopes to major in an area related to "electronic arts or computer graphics."

"We talked about that also, and they were saying if I graduate with that major (from Stanford) then I can get a job making six figures, if I don't go to the NFL," Brooks said.

As could be expected, Brooks said academic considerations, along with his fit in a school's offense, will play a large role in his eventual commitment.

"Whether or not I'm going to play and the academic parts [are important factors]," he said. "If the school is advancing academically and then if I fit in the offense, if I know I'm going to play and I'm going to get the ball, I know I'm going to get touches, that's where I'll be at."

At this point, however, Brooks claims no leaders. He does plan to take unofficial visits to Auburn, Alabama, and Arkansas in the near future, and possibly a Junior Day visit to Stanford. Still, Brooks said his main focus is still on evaluating the merits of the schools on his list.

"I wouldn't put anyone above anyone right now, because I'm not weighing that right now," Brooks said. "I just want to see where everyone is from my factors and then I'll start breaking everything down."

Brooks, who has no timetable for making a commitment, admits distance may be a concern. After all, he has no family in the state of California, and has never set foot in the Golden State.

"It plays a big role, but somebody of Stanford's caliber, you can't just pass up on a Stanford offer," Brooks said. "That's kind of big. That doesn't come every day. I'd have to talk about it with my dad and my mom."

Brooks does plan on making an official visit to The Farm next fall, however.

"It'll be a new thing for me," he said.

Brooks self-reports a 3.56 GPA and plans to retake the ACT in April.

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