A Border Battle

Although committed to the University of Minnesota for over five months, Tartan (MN) High senior safety Keelon Brookins is rethinking his decision following a scholarship offer from the University of Wisconsin.

MADISON - His trip to Wisconsin's one-day summer camp was purely to gain more confidence in his surgically-repaired knee, but Tartan (MN) High senior safety and Minnesota commit Keelon Brookins got more than he bargained for from the Badgers' coaching staff.

Showing off in one-on-one drills and giving a sample of his blazing speed (he's reportedly been clocked in the 40-yard dash as low as 4.36 seconds), Brookins earned a scholarship offer from Wisconsin following his showing on Monday.

"I was invited to the camp and I just wanted to work out against good competition," Brookins told Badger Nation. "It felt really good competing out there. I feel blessed that they gave me an opportunity."

The 5-11, 185-pound three-star Brookins, rated the No.78 cornerback in the country by Scout.com, showed off his agility and versatility in front of defensive coordinator Chris Ash and secondary coach Ben Strickland, working at both cornerback and safety during camp.

"The coaches said they would love to have me join their program because of my athleticism," said Brookins. "I like their program, the winning tradition, the coaching and that they prepare guys for the next level."

It's been a long road back for Brookins, who tore his left ACL that caused him to miss all but one game his junior year.

"It was a really hard thing to go through, but I think it brought me closer to my family and brought me closer to God," said Brookins, who caught 13 passes for 245 yards and four touchdowns and had five interceptions as a cornerback his sophomore year. "It made me recognize my abilities as a person and an athlete. Wisconsin was a good experience for me as a football player to go out."

Brookins was the first commit for Minnesota in its 2013 class when he pledged to the Gophers in February, ending his recruitment before schools like Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Wisconsin could evaluate and extend an offer. Brookins was scheduled to camp with the Badgers last year before his ACL injury.

"I have an OK relationship with the (Minnesota) staff," said Brookins, who committed to the Gophers as an athlete and whose father, Tyrone, graduated from Minnesota. "It's still the same (as the day I committed)."

Other than the Wisconsin camp and the Nike Football Training Camp in Champaign earlier in the month, Brookins is done with his camps, and plans to make a final decision between the two border rivals.

"I will talk to my parents and will make a decision when it comes up," said Brookins. "When I feel right about it, that's when I'll make."

Badger Nation Top Stories