DE Brooks gets head coach treatment

Pittsburgh coach Walt Harris made Williamsport (PA) Williamsport Area’s Raymond Brooks feel special this weekend, but was it enough to get a commitment from the three-star defensive end?
“No,” Brooks said, “I’m pretty wide open.”
Still, Harris made quite an impression on the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder.
“I liked that the head coach seemed to have a strong interest in me,” Brooks said. “I thought he treated me a little different than the other recruits that were there.”
Brooks left Pittsburgh with the feeling that he’s a high priority for the Panthers. Harris and Co., however, will have to wait a few more weeks before finding out if they won Brooks over enough to get a signature from him come February.
Brooks, who had already taken a trip to Iowa before visiting Pitt, has three more official visits remaining.
He’ll visit North Carolina State this weekend (Dec. 6), Maryland on Dec. 13 and Virginia on Jan. 17.
Brooks’ decision will likely be influenced by the decision of teammate Darrell Blackman, a blue-chip running back prospect.
“We’re planning on going to the same school,” Brooks said.
The two players have taken their first two officials together, and both will travel to N.C. State this weekend. Brooks thinks Blackman is leaning towards the Wolfpack and Oklahoma.
Brooks is rated as a three-star prospect by, and ranked as the nation’s No. 19 strongside defensive end and as the eighth-best prospect in Pennsylvania.