JC Spotlight: Sierra C Shaun Brooks

Injuries happen almost every day during the football season. Sierra C Shaun Brooks (6-3, 285) knows that first-hand as he tore his left ACL about midway into his sophomore season. He's been rehabbing hard and is hopeful someone gives him a chance to play.

"Missouri State, Weber State and Northern Arizona were all really interested in me before I tore it," Brooks told JCFootball.com this week. "After they heard about the injury, they pretty much stopped calling so it's just kind of a wait-and-see thing right now."

Brooks attended Sheldon High School in Sacramento and graduated with a 3.58 GPA and a 1210 on his SAT. He wasn't recruited much so he decided to go the JC route hoping to garner some interest.

"Sacramento is pretty cool because there were a lot of schools to choose from," Brooks said. "I orginally chose Sac City because it was so close to home and I had a good year there."

In fact, Brooks earned first-team All-Norco conference for his work at center for the Panthers.

After that big season, he decided to transfer to Sierra because the staff there had a history of moving guys on to the next level.

"I got to know the coaches pretty well and just felt like they could help me get to a four-year school," Brooks said. "I had to send out a lot of tape on my own though so I basically had to market myself."

Now he's hoping for a home.

"No one's really recruiting me right now," Brooks said. "Washington is the school who's talked to me about walking on.

"I got my knee done on November 21st and they talked to me in early December. Coach (Mike) Denbrock told me he liked what I had to offer and said he'd like me to walk on and help them out.

"I'm hoping I can get a scholarship instead, but if I don't get one, Washington is where I'm going to go. They have a center up there (Juan Garcia) who had a really good year and he was injured a lot before this year. I did some homework on him and I'll be rooting for him because I'm kinda going through the same thing."

Brooks is reportedly ahead of schedule with his rehab and the doctors have told him his knee will be even stronger than the one that wasn't injured.

"They are really happy with how I've progressed," Brooks said. "I'm working out hard on the eliptical machine and I'm working on the joint almost every day.

"I don't know when I can start running again, but I hope it's soon."

Because of his injury, Brooks lost some weight, dropping to 270 pounds. However, he's gained the muscle back and reportedly benching 370 pounds again.

"A lot of people think I'm 260 so I have plenty of room to grow," Brooks said. "I think I can play at 300 or even a little more and not lose any agility or speed."

Brooks said if he walks on at Washington, he'll use his redshirt year to earn money, work out and study his playbook and then enroll at Washington in January of 2008.

He plans to major in Law wherever he ends up and can transfer at any time because he qualified out of high school.

"I'm strong and quick and I like to get after it," Brooks added. "I'm real aggressive and I've worked really hard on my footwork."

We'll have more from Brooks in the very near future.

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