Brooks was one of the most celebrated members of the Vols' 2003 signing class. A Parade All-American as a senior at Central-Merry High School, he was compared by some observers to Al Wilson, who also played linebacker for the Vols and also hailed from Jackson.
That's where the similarities ended, however. The 6-foot-2, 248-pound Brooks made more headlines than tackles at the college level. He was involved in several highly publicized scrapes with fraternity members, although he was never actually charged. And, stuck behind a glut of gifted linebackers, he made just 11 tackles in two seasons (2003-04) with the Vols.
Brooks showed some promise after moving to defensive end in the spring of 2005 but another off-field incident got him suspended for the first two games of the ‘05 season. He was just coming off this suspension when a fight with basketball players Jemere Hendrix and Andre Patterson – a fight Brooks reportedly did not instigate – led to his dismissal from the football team. Hendrix was booted from the basketball team, as well. Patterson was suspended but eventually reinstated.