Running back AJ Brooks has made a name for himself as a senior at Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore and is beginning to reap the benefits. He has several scholarship offers in hand and has set up his first three visits.
AJ has official visits scheduled for Duke on Dec. 5, Maryland on Dec. 12, and BC on Jan. 16. Auburn, Louisville, and East Carolina are schools he is talking to about taking his final two visits. He has taken unofficial trips to UCF, USF, Florida State, and Miami.
Maryland, Duke, and BC have already offered, but he hasn’t named any leaders yet.
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“I am wide open right now,” he commented. “I need to see if I fit in, and if I am a good fit for the team.
“I am looking at the coaching staff to see if they know what they are talking about. I am also looking at the atmosphere and how the players act toward each other, if they are a family.
“Adapting to the weather won’t be a problem for me, though.”
Brooks said he is not in a hurry to make a decision.
“I am not sure when I will decide, but it will be after all of my visits,” he commented. “I will pray about then and make a decision from there.”
At 6-foot-0 and 192 pounds, Brooks runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds and is also a star on the track team. He has been timed at 10.89 seconds in the 100 meter dash, 22.32 seconds in the 200 meter dash, and is also a member of the 4X100 and 4X200 relay teams.
Brooks finished his senior campaign with 227 carries for 1866 yards (8.22 ypc) and 26 rushing touchdowns. He also added a punt return for a touchdown and a kickoff return for score and accounted for 276 total return yards.
He had a 2.6 GPA going into this year, but has a 3.4 this semester, so he should be in good shape to qualify academically. He has already scored a 900 on the SAT.