- Damon Sayles, RecruitingNation
Hours before national signing day, Baylor fans will rest easily knowing they are now two defensive linemen stronger than they were Monday.
Tuesday afternoon, ESPN 300 defensive tackle Andrew Billings (Waco, Texas/Waco) verbally committed to the Bears. Later in the evening, junior college defensive tackle Terrell Brooks (Corsicana, Texas/Navarro College) decided to recommit to Baylor. Brooks, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound tackle, is commitment No. 25 for the Bears.
“I really liked the family aspect of it, the family atmosphere,” said Brooks, who recently got married. “It’s something you don’t get in too many places. The whole feel made me feel good about it all.”
Brooks is a run-stopper who helped Navarro claim its second- and third-consecutive Southwest Junior College Football Conference championships, as well as back-to-back C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl titles. He finished the 2012 season with 46 tackles -- 11 of those tackles for loss -- and three pass breakups. With his help, Navarro finished the 2012 year ranked No. 4 in the final NJCAA poll.
Brooks chose Baylor over offers from Miami (Fla) and Kansas State. He originally committed to Baylor in December but briefly parted ways to explore other options. Ultimately, he chose Baylor over Miami.
“The program is a great program. It’s been a great program for years,” Brooks said of Baylor. “I think it’s the best fit for me and my wife to expand something new and be able to live comfortably. Baylor is a suitable choice for me.
“It really was a stressful time. I went through a lot during this time, and this didn’t make it any better. But by the grace of God, things have smoothed over. My wife and I decided to make this decision together, and we’re happy with it.”
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