Four-star athlete Ron Brooks of Irving (Texas) MacArthur wasn't planning on taking any unofficial trips before his first official visit in October, but went with a teammate to check out TCU This past weekend.
The 6-foot, 170-pounder, who has offers from the likes of Florida, Kansas State, LSU, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and Wisconsin among others, says that he enjoyed the game even though he arrived late.
"Well, I went out with Bret Harris, my teammate, and when I watched the offense quite a bit to see if they passed a lot," Brooks said. "Receiver is probably what I would play there but I still had my eye on defense too. They looked really good. Everybody was flying to the ball."
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Brooks says he doesn't want to name any one team that's in front of the others. Despite enjoying his visit to TCU, he says that he's trying to keep "his options open."
Right now, he says there are eight schools he's looking at it, but it's not a final list by any means.
"Really, I'm looking mainly at Florida, LSU, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Tennessee," Brooks said. "I've got just one official visit set up to Nebraska on Oct. 20 when they play Texas."
Brooks says he got a chance to watch a little football Saturday as well despite being at the TCU game.
"I saw how LSU lost to Auburn, and I think they missed a pass interference call," Brooks said. "I watched Florida play Tennessee, and that was a really good game. I saw that Oklahoma lost and Michigan really beat Notre Dame. I also saw the USC-Nebraska game."
While he's interested in how certain teams do, a list of other factors will be more important for Brooks when he decides.
"It's whether or not I get along with the coaches," he said. "When I meet the players, I want to see if I'd get along with the returning ones that will be there when I am. Also, the graduation rate is important. But, my top eight schools are all above 86 percent I believe, so that's really good."