Brooks was considered one of the top receiver recruits in the nation out of Jonesboro Senior High in Jonesboro, Ark.
Position: Running back
Height, weight: 6-0, 200
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Personal: Brooks was considered one of the top receiver recruits in the nation out of Jonesboro Senior High in Jonesboro, Ark. He said he had 13 offers to play as a receiver and just one as a running back — Clemson. He chose Clemson so he could be a featured tailback. But Brooks ran into injury issues as well as stiff competition and played in a complementary role throughout his career. Brooks left Clemson with a year of eligibility remaining, saying one reason was to try to help his father, who is battling a lung illness and will soon require a transplant. Brooks also said he wants to be an interior designer and Clemson did not offer any classes in that that would have made it worth coming back for another year of school (he graduated with a degree in sociology).
Scouting report: Brooks had just 41 carries for 234 yards last season which came after he missed the 2014 season because of a foot injury. Though he played sparingly, he impressed with his athleticism at the team’s pro day, including running a 4.32 40 and recording a 36-inch vertical leap. His past as a receiver also intrigues, and the Seahawks will see if Brooks can fulfill a role as a third-down running back, which often calls on running backs to catch passes out of the backfield or line up wide. Seahawks coaches attended his pro day, and Brooks later made a private visit to the team facility.
Quote to note: “I’m a very versatile back. I have great hands coming out of the backfield. I’m a downhill runner when I do get the ball. I think North/South is the best way. I feel like I’m able to go out and play slot receiver if I’m needed to.’’ — Brooks.