2016 Devante Brooks
Other Top Offers
Kentucky, Nebraska, Pitt, Rutgers
Tennessee was among the first schools to offer Brooks in the recruiting process and made him their early priority at tight end in the 2016 class. After visiting the Vols unofficially in October for the game against UTC – on the heels of visits to Penn State and Virginia Tech – Brooks decided to wait until the end of his junior year before making his final decision. Brooks committed to Tennessee on Jan. 15, 2015. Brooks announced in May that he will miss his senior season of high school with a torn ACL – the second time he’s sustained that injury during his high school season. Despite that, he and the Vols stayed committed to each other and he signed on the afternoon of National Signing Day.
RTI Average: 3 stars
How He Fits
Even in his sophomore film, you can see that Brooks has a level of athleticism at the tight end position that you don’t see every day. His length gives him the ability to go up over defenders to make the catch, but he also possesses enough speed to separate from defenders after making the catch. He doesn’t fear contact and looks advanced for his age in run-blocking situations.
He also shines as a rush-defensive end, using his speed and hands to get by the block and explode to the quarterback. Getting healthy will be the key for Brooks. The Vols need depth at tight end and he’ll have a chance to contribute early if he’s able to get over some past injuries.