Even with a head coach leaving, that hasn't changed what Brookins fell in love with on his multiple visits to UW's campus.
"I am 100 percent committed to Wisconsin," Brookins told Badger Nation. "My official visit went very well and very productive. I got to spend time with the coaches, some of the commits and Coach Barry Alvarez. We toured the dorm rooms, the campus, the football facilities and went to a hockey game with some of the commits.
"We also went to a practice and hit the banquet. I got to go to Coach Alvarez's house and had a fun time there, as well. It was just a great time."
The vibe around the weekend with all these official visitors, who were mostly Wisconsin commits, was that the group really jelled well together and made a great start to becoming part of the team.
"We were all chilled together like being around each other and got a feel for each other," Brookins said. "I think the best part of my visit was just spending time with the fellow commits. I had just a good time with all of them."
The 5-11, 192-pound Brookins – rated a three-star athlete and the No.58 cornerback in the country by Scout.com - camped and earned his offer at Wisconsin this past summer. He committed in late July after building a relationship with defensive back coach Ben Strickland.
Enrolling for spring semester on January 21, Brookins will finish his rehabilitation from a torn right ACL and meniscus suffered in the third game of the season and has his sights on contributing to the Wisconsin defense in the fall.
"My rehab is going well," said Brookins. "I am not getting back to the field anytime yet and I'm just taking it slow."