The hits just keep on coming as Texas Tech secured their 19th commit from Houston Stratford linebacker Jordyn Brooks. We’ve got highlights, links and analysis.
|JORDYN BROOKS||OUTSIDE LINEBACKER|
|HT/WT: 6-1/232||FORTY: 4.58|
|HIGH SCHOOL: Stratford (Houston, TX)|
|OFFERS: Colorado State, Houston, Iowa State, Kansas, Missouri, North Texas, Texas Tech, UCF, Washington|
|RECRUITING SERVICE:||RANKING:||POSITION RANK:||STATE RANK:|
|CUMULATIVE RANKING: 0.8156|
|PROFILE DATE: June 19, 2015|
The Player Speaks: Red Raider Sports’ Will McKay talked with Brooks about who recruited him and apparently Zac Spavital had a huge part of the recruiting process:
“Coach Kingsbury, Coach Spavital, and Coach Gibbs, they’re great coaches and great people to be around,” he said. “Coach Spavital, we had a really good relationship when I went down there, and he’s just a really chill guy, you know? I told him this whole week and last week that it was between Texas Tech and U of H, and he didn’t force anything on me, didn’t pressure me to commit. He just gave me information about the school and told me that the decision was mind, and I really appreciated that.”
Additionally, Brooks said that the coaches thought he would initially be an outside linebacker, but would train at all three spots eventually. The industry calls this “cross training”
Scouting Report: When I first looked at the video (without reading any quotes) I thought to myself that this is a really good weakside linebacker and Brooks did confirm that above. That’s not your traditional outside linebacker, but we’ll go with it as I think Brooks has a better shot to be there as opposed to Stringer and Picone and he’s got a ton of film at outside linebacker.
Quickness: I don’t think the 4.57 is totally legitimate, but the 4.6 range is probably right and Brooks does a good job of jumping on routes and reads, although I might worry about that some as right now, he’s able to make up mistakes with his speed.
Leverage: I do like where Brooks goes in terms of leverage, although I think this trait is really for a taller and more rangy outside linebacker. At 6’2: that’s pretty much ideal for a linebacker, so we’re good here.
Zone Defender in Pass: brooks does look very comfortable in pass coverage and he is able to stick with running backs and he’s definitely aware of the offensive players and where he needs to be.
Lateral Pursuit: This is more where Books plays and will play, being able to make plays up and down the line of scrimmage and he really excels at this. This is what makes a terrific outside linebacker and I think that Brooks has a real knack for finding the ball.
Good Hands: Hard to tell. Brooks doesn’t pick off any passes, but he does
Holds Edge: Yes, he’s doing that really well and has enough film for me to show how he is holding the edge, taking on tackles and fullbacks and still making the tackle. He’s very much used to running through the garbage to get to the running back.
Make sure and check out Staking The Plains’ Recruiting Table for a map of where all the commits are located and links on every commit.