Texas linebacker seeing interest rise

Copperas Cove linebacker Tanner Brock is already known in central Texas as an extremely gifted playmaker, but now, with possible offers from Notre Dame and Georgia Tech in the works, his reputation is spreading. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop visits with the talented linebacker.

One of the most productive Texas high school linebackers in the state is Copperas Cove's Tanner Brock. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound prospect is known as a devastating playmaker in Central Texas, collecting 227 tackles, 137 solos, 27 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks as a junior for the Bulldawgs. College coaches are taking notice.

"I have a nose for the football. I make the calls on defense and I'm always around the football," Brock said. "People ask me all the time what's my strength and what makes me a good prospect. I don't know, I'm just a football player and I know how to make plays and how to stop my opponent."

Despite his tremendous statistics and dominant performances on Friday nights, Brock realizes that he must continue to improve his game if he wants to succeed at the next level.

"I definitely want to improve my speed and quick. I think a player is always looking to get faster and stronger," Brock said. "But I also want to improve my leadership as a senior and become more vocal on the field. I also want to finish off tackles better."

Brock is already seeing serious interest from several major Division I programs, and he has visited several junior day events to Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and TCU. He attended OU on February 2, and while the Sooners didn't offer, they said he was on their short list for spring evaluations and plan to continue recruiting him.

"OU has very nice facilities and they really showcase their academic center," Brock said. "The defensive coaches talked about all the linebackers they've sent to the pros. It was very impressive overall."

The Copperas Cove product then made a Saturday visit over to Texas A&M on February 10 and liked what he saw and heard from the new coaching staff.

"Coach Sherman is very impressive. He comes across as an honest and sincere person," Brock said. "He said they like me but they wanted to wait on an offer until the new defensive coordinator gets settled and has a chance to evaluate me. He said they didn't like offering unless they are 100% sure. That wouldn't be fair to us. I really respected that. I think he's going to get it done there."

On February 24, Brock attended a junior day event at TCU, where his older brother Logan happens to play his football at tight end.

"I'm very familiar with TCU, going up there for my brother's games," Brock said. "It's a good family atmosphere there and I like it."

The familiarity with TCU could also play into his recruitment as the Horned Frogs are high on his list for now.

"TCU is up there for sure. I've been there a bunch and they've offered me," Brock said. "But I want to keep my options open and see which schools offer me. OU, Texas A&M, Notre dame, and Georgia Tech are great schools and if they offer it's something I'd have to think about."

Besides TCU, Brock holds an offer from Tulsa, but programs like Notre Dame and Georgia Tech may be very close to offering the playmaking linebacker from Texas.

"The Georgia Tech coach was down looking at film and told my coaches that they were probably going to offer me soon," Brock said. "Coach Haywood at Notre Dame liked my film and said they would be down this spring to watch me in person."

Brock indicated that he'll likely make a decision in the late spring or early summer so he can get recruiting out of the way and focus on his senior season.

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