Heading into this season, Jaymes Brooks has primarily been used as an offensive guard by Denbigh Head Coach Tracy Harrod. This season, however, Harrod has used the athletic 6-2 1/2, 295-pound Brooks at defensive tackle as well as offensive guard — a move the three-star prospect has enjoyed.
It has been a good move for the Denbigh defense as well.
“I’m playing more defense this year,” Brooks said. “It’s pretty fun. I have three sacks, maybe four [in five games]. I’m still playing guard on offense. That’s going pretty good, too. Things seem a lot slower for some reason. I guess it is because it’s my fourth year on the varsity level.”
While he enjoys the chance to sack quarterbacks (and, in fact, will get a chance to get after Tyrod Taylor this evening), Brooks says there is no question that the Virginia Tech coaches want to line him up on the offensive side of the ball once he gets to Blacksburg. He stays in contact each week with primary recruiter Jim Cavanaugh, with whom he has developed a good relationship.
“Coach Cavanaugh just calls to see how I’m doing,” Brooks said. He has not yet visited Tech for a game, but plans to do so soon. “He asks about my upcoming games, tells me about their games, checks on me and asks how I’m playing. We really just do a lot of talking about football.”
Brooks committed to Virginia Tech on July 28th. He announced his intentions during a press conference at Denbigh High School, adding at the time that he still planned on making all five official visits after his senior season was over. This is still the case, though the only coaching staff he has really spoken to this fall has been Virginia Tech’s.
“I still plan on taking my visits,” said Brooks, who has received mail from Louisville, Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina, in addition to Virginia Tech. “I haven’t thought too much about it yet, but I will towards the end of my season. I’m probably going to go to Florida, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland or maybe Tennessee. I’m not sure right now.”
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