Miami kept the recruiting momentum going on Saturday evening when 3-star LB/DE Samuel Brooks committed to the Canes.
A standout at local Miami (FL) Northwestern, Brooks is a dynamic edge defender who can both play LB and rush the passer from the DE position. At 6’2” 195lbs, Brooks has good size, but can stand to add weight as he develops. The best part of his game is his quickness, however, so being lighter is an asset for Brooks (but only to a point).
Brooks was one of the lynchpin players for Northwestern’s swarming defense in 2016 and 2017. Brooks led Dade County in sacks as a sophomore, an impressive feat, to be sure. Brooks was also leading Dade county in sacks as a junior, but unfortunately, he sustained a torn ACL/MCL midway through the season. But, Brooks should be able to return to the field in 2018 and wreak havoc in the opponent’s backfield on a weekly basis again.
A heavily recruited player, Brooks committed to Miami over 23 other offers, including South Carolina — his other named finalist heading into his announcement — Arkansas, Auburn, and Florida.
For the 2019 recruiting class, Brooks is the 12th commit, the 5th-ish defensive player (pending where OT/DT Renato Brown ends up), and 2nd LB, joining 3-star Jesiah Pierre at that group in this class.
For a better look at Brooks as a player, check out the HUDL highlights below.
Welcome to the U, Samuel!