Just a month ago, Germantown (Md.) Seneca Valley linebacker Jourdon Brooks appeared to be very close to making a decision. Now the 6-foot-1, 247-pounder plans to take three officials in the next month and a half before any decision comes about.
"A couple weeks ago I picked up an offer from Illinois and I've scheduled a visit there this week, December 8th," he said. "I like the offer from them. I've been talking to coach Locksley and he said they lost their top two running backs and I'll have a good chance of playing early.
"Along with that, I've scheduled two other officials in January. I'm going to Rutgers on January 19th and Tennessee on January 26th. Hopefully on the visits, I can get to know the coaches better and find out more about the offense and how I fit in."
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Back in September Brooks took his first official to Syracuse; does he have any favorites amongst the four schools?
"I'd say Tennessee is leading right now," he said. "Coach Slade is always calling me and talking. He thinks I can play early in numerous positions. He also just came down last week and coach Fulmer is coming for a visit this week I think on Thursday."
Though he doesn't have it planned, the three-star prospect believes he will be taking his fifth official.
This season, Brooks helped Seneca Valley to a 9-3 record.
"I did pretty well," he said. "I think I finished with 51 carries for around 700 yards. I was happy with my play, but I wish I would have gotten the ball a little more. I do think I improved on long runs this year. I broke them a lot more since I was faster and in better shape."