Coach Pete Carroll's attacking style of defense puts an emphasis on fast, big-hitting linebackers and the staff is leaving no stone unturned in looking for prospects that fit that bill. One such player that the Trojans would love to land is Woodbridge (Va) Hylton's Ahmad Brooks.
Considered by many to be the top prospect at his position in the entire country, the 6'3, 230 pound Brooks has all the tools of a great linebacker. "I've just got the instincts for the ball" noted the Virginia standout who also has 4.5 speed to go along with his great size. Brooks, who's father played for the Washington Redskins, currently plays middle linebacker, but he's versatile enough that he could also play outside linebacker at the next level. He's also a standout running back and is incredibly athletic.
The Blue Chip linebacker has his choice of schools but listed Virginia as holding a slight lead over Virginia Tech, Florida State, Tennessee, Miami, and USC. Brooks noted that different academic factors, as well as the possibility of early playing time will factor in his decision. He also explained "I just need to like the school." On the topic of official visits, Brooks explained "I set up a visit with U.V.A. and Virginia Tech." He also noted that the exact date of those trips has not been decided yet.
Coach Orgeron is the coach from USC who is in charge of recruiting Brooks and the staff thinks highly enough of him that they compared him to a former Trojan great, as Brooks explained "they were just talking about how they compare me to Junior Seau. They were talking about how they would like to have me and that I'd have a chance to start as a true freshman." One thing is for sure, pulling this star out of Virginia would be a major coup for the Trojans.
Brooks made All-State as just a sophomore when he had 202 tackles and 6 sacks and he's been on varsity for perennial power Hylton since he was a freshman. Unfortunately, he missed most of last year with an ankle injury but is making a huge impact this year for Hylton's 6-0 squad. Brooks will be in action against Potomac this week.