The Untold Story of Brandon Brooks

Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Riverside HS) offensive lineman Brandon Brooks verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin back in July. While Josh Oglesby has received the majority of attention for his talent along the offensive line, he has a perfect partner in crime in Brooks. Josh Clark offers this special report to tell the untold story of Brandon Brooks here on

Brandon Brooks has not received the accolades many fans hope to see when reviewing a school's respective recruiting class, but that isn't his fault.

Brooks was virtually unknown heading into this past summer, and only elected to attend football camps at Wisconsin and Boston College.

"I attended Wisconsin's camp, and then went out to Boston College," Brooks informed

"Boston College offered me a scholarship before I left their camp and it was only a week or two later that Wisconsin extended an offer."

Head Coach Patrick Wagner saw talent and upside in Brook's early in his high school career.

"Brandon really showed glimpses of the type of player he could become, but it was a consistency issue," Wagner stated.

"His freshman year was his first year of ever playing organized football."

"Then in his sophmore year, you would be watching him move and knew he had the ability. At that point, he focused heavily on improving his footwork and getting quicker."

"Then, in his junior season, he was phenomenal," Wagner stated. "We were banged up, so he played every position, including some tight end. Let me tell you, he has some terrific hands, too."

"Brandon was overlooked, and it made him work that much harder after the season to receive the recongition he wanted. He put in his best winter/spring of work that I had seen from him here at Riverside this past year."

Brooks did not hear from the Badgers often until he made his way to their summer football cammp.

"I was doing well in the drills, but I remember it was during the one-on-one's that they really seemed to be impressed. They had a defensive lineman from Cleveland Glenville High School there, who they were looking at heavily, and I shut him down," Brooks stated.

After leaving the camp, and making his way out to Boston College to earn a scholarship offer, Brooks was undecided whether to wait for the Badgers.

"I had gone out to the full four-day camp at Boston College, and on the first night, I ran a 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds, and they paid closer attention to me all week," added Brooks, who helped guide Riverside to a 8-1 regular season record in 2006.

"At the end of camp, they selected the elite lineman from camp to do an extra workout against each other. After that, I went up Coach (Tom) O'Brien's office and he told me that they wanted to offer me a scholarship."

Brooks had thoughts of committing to the Eagles at that time, but knew Wisconsin was close to offering after they received wind of his offer from out East.

"It was a week or two later, and Coach (Henry) Mason told me they were offering me a scholarship," Brooks said.

"Then, my mother and I took a visit over to Madison to check everything out. I was given a tour of the facilities, and was also able to meet with an academic adviser."

"Then, I sat down with Coach (Bob) Palcic for a meeting, and he told me I was the guy he wanted next to Josh Oglesby in this class. I knew I would be in a good situation with all the places he's coached, including coaching Jonathan Ogden at UCLA," Brooks stated.

"My mother and I went up to meet with Coach (Bret) Bielema. Coach Bielema told me he liked my size and mobility, and how I go out there with the mentality of dominating my opponent."

"I remember I looked over at my mother during the meeting, and asked her if she was comfortable with me committing. He asked if I was ready to become a Badger, and I told him I was, and he said it made his weekend," recalled Brooks, who noted he made the unofficial visit on a Friday.

Brooks attended his first ever Badger game earlier this fall when they hosted Western Illinois.

"It was great. The whole town was dressed in red. It was like the town was all shut down so everyone could wear their red and go to the football game. I expected it to be different than the high school games I play in, but it is crazy to know I'll be playing in that type of atmosphere," Brooks stated.

Brooks will make his official visit to Madison on the first weekend in December.

He is fully qualified with a 2.5 GPA and 20 on the ACT.

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