July 6, 2009

Florida CB looking for school that needs him

Terrence Brooks isn't quite ready to narrow down his list of prospective suitors, but he's begun to set the criteria.

While Brooks wants to make sure he picks a college football program that really wants him, he's decided it's far more important to select a future home where he is truly needed.

Brooks, a cornerback from Dunnellon, Fla., who has at least a dozen scholarship offers, said Sunday night that "pretty much everybody who's offered me is still in the mix," but a handful of schools and one specific recruiter are starting to stand out.

Brooks, a 5-foot-10, 165-pounder with offers from Cincinnati, Florida State, Miami, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Indiana, Purdue, Rutgers, South Florida, Tulane, Central Florida and Middle Tennessee, has spent most of his summer in 7-on-7 camps for Dunnellon. He camped at Florida last month and will spend the month of July at home, preparing for his senior season.

"I'm just pretty much doing team stuff," Brooks said. "I can't get around for unofficial (visits), but I'm going to set up officials for some other schools."

From the sound of things, it's a safe bet that Brooks will spend some time this fall in the Magnolia State.

"Ole Miss and Mississippi State seem like they really want me and need me, so they're both standing out right now," Brooks said. "It's schools that are losing their secondary, like Miami, UCF and Florida State. They seem like they need me on their team."

One recruiting coach, Ole Miss recruiting coordinator/cornerbacks coach Chris Vaughn, has also struck a chord with Brooks.

"He's really getting to know me on a personal level," Brooks said. "He's probably the top coach in terms of getting to know me. He's probably the top coach that's standing out to me right now."

Brooks, who had 53 tackles and six interceptions as a junior, said he's hoping to make a decision long before National Signing Day in early February.

"As soon as we can start taking officials, the quicker we can knock them out, that would be good," Brooks said. "I plan to make my decision during the season."

Brooks is on pace to meet NCAA initial-eligibility requirements. He recently made an 18 on the ACT.

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