Brooks knew he wanted to be a Red Raider
The Texas Tech commitment train just keeps on rolling, as the Red Raiders picked up Houston (Texas) Stratford linebacker Jordyn Brooks as their fifth scholarship commit since last Friday on Thursday night. Brooks visited Lubbock last weekend, and he already knew then where he wanted to go.
"Well, I kind of made my decision when I went up there on a visit last weekend, but I just had some more thinking to do. When I went there, it just felt right. The facilities, the coaches, the jerseys, and the people, everything was just great when I went up there."
But, playing time factored into the decision as well. The Houston native felt like Texas Tech gave him the best opportunity to play early on in his collegiate career.
"Texas Tech, they offered the biggest opportunity for me to play as a freshman, and that's huge for my decision. Some schools I might not end up playing until I was a sophomore or junior, but up there I'll have a chance to play right away, and they gave me the best opportunity to come in and compete."
Brooks has built relationships with several coaches on staff as well, including head coach Kliff Kingsbury, defensive coordinator David Gibbs, and linebackers coach Zac Spavital, who the LB really hit things off with.
"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."
As for where he'll play in a red and black uniform, it looks like Brooks would start out as a will LB, but he could play the other two positions.
"They said I could play all three linebacker positions, but when I asked them if I walked in today, where would I play? They told me I'd probably start out at will and progress and learn and become a mike linebacker. I thought it was great to have an opportunity to play all three linebacker positions. It makes me feel better, because if I don't do well at will, I could still compete at mike."
So, a decision has been made, and Brooks is a Red Raider. That's a feeling he has a hard time describing.
"Man, this is huge. It was once a fantasy to commit somewhere, and now it's a reality. It's crazy. About four or five years ago, I didn't think I would be in a position to play division I football, but now I can, and that's huge for me. It's huge to know that I'll be going to a school that I liked pretty much my whole life. That's huge for me."
Brooks committed to Texas Tech on Thursday over offers from Houston, Missouri, Washington, Kansas, UCF, Iowa State, Utah State, Colorado State, and Fresno State.
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