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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Juco DT Brooks staying with Baylor?

By Damon Sayles

Junior college defensive tackle Terrell Brooks (Corsicana, Texas/Navarro College) verbally committed to Baylor last week. Whether or not he signs with the Bears in February is still to be determined.

Reason being, Brooks, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound tackle and a projected May graduate, has picked up an offer from Miami (Fla.) that is intriguing because of family related issues. While Brooks is committed to Baylor, he is monitoring the recruiting status of Navarro volleyball standout Autumn Ellison, whom he recently married. Ellison was a second-team All-Region XIV middle blocker who is getting major interest from the Hurricanes.

For the time being, Brooks said he’s planning on playing in the Big 12 -- and he is excited about enrolling at Baylor and making an immediate impact upon his arrival.

“It’s close to home, and they have a good, strong football program,” said Brooks, who is looking to be a nose tackle. “It would be beneficial for me there if I wanted to go to the NFL.

“I think they liked my size, my strength and my ability to close the pocket. I would say I’m a very big run-stopper. It’s like a closed gate when I’m on the line.”

Recruited by Baylor linebackers coach Jim Gush, Brooks originally signed with North Texas out of high school in 2011. Miami, North Texas and Old Dominion have offered along with Baylor, and Brooks has received interest from Kansas State, Iowa State and Indiana.

Brooks helped Navarro win a Southwest Junior College Football Conference championship this season, the team’s third straight, as well as a C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl title, the team’s second straight. Navarro was ranked No. 4 in the final NJCAA poll.