What Cavalier fans have been hoping would happen for quite some time, has finally happened. Ahmad Brooks has been officially accepted to the University of Virginia.
He will enroll in January of 2003 and will likely participate in Spring practice.
“He’s pumped,” said Hargrave Head Coach Robert Prunty. “I tell you, after we received the letter, he and I went into another room and said a prayer. He is so excited to finally get to Virginia. He’s excited to finally be able to take classes and play football at Virginia.”
Brooks, who failed to meet NCAA eligibility requirements after signing a letter of intent with Virginia in February of 2002, has endured a lot throughout this process. According to coach Prunty, it has helped him become a better player and a better person.
“The number one thing Ahmad has gained throughout this process, is that he is more mentally stronger,” said Prunty. “He has also matured physically and emotionally. He grew so much. He is an outstanding young man.
“Ahmad was a pleasure both on and off the field, and I am just happy I had an opportunity to coach him.”
In addition to improving himself academically over the past semester, Brooks has also improved physically. At the Hargrave combine last week, the 6-4, 240 pound linebacker ran an astounding 4.47 in the 40.
Brooks finished the season with 58 tackles, two fumbles, two punt blocks, and five sacks. He will play inside linebacker for the Cavaliers.