Navarro defensive tackle Terell Brooks began talking to Baylor coaches two weeks ago after his season concluded. Only a couple of days after the initial introduction with the First Team All-Conference member and JUCO All-American, Baylor coaches Jim Gush and Phil Bennett decided to offer the 6'4" 305 pound prospect.
"They offered about two weeks ago," Brooks said. "They are a great program and they are my first big offer. I decided it was best for me to jump on it."
Even though he has not been on campus yet, Brooks felt he would reciprocate the interest and offer given to him by the Baylor staff by verbally committing.
"He (Jim Gush) was my recruiter. I talked to (Phil Bennett) a little and he is excited and wants me to get there to see the campus. I haven't got to see the campus yet, but I decided to give them my verbal commitment so they would know I would come."
Even though he is fully committed, getting on campus and making sure that it is what is best for himself and his family is something he wants to do.
"I want to make sure that it is the perfect fit for me," Brooks said. "All of the (Baylor) coaches and everyone seem to be on the same page. My coaches at Navarro have really be selling me on Baylor; that it is a great school."
Brooks, who is originally from Duncanville, said that being there for his family does not stop at making sure he is in the location he needs to be.
"I like to help my family whenever I can, so being close enough to be able to help them is important," he said.
When asked to define himself as a player, Brooks related how his off-the field life with his family translates to on the field.
"I am not your average player when I get on the field. It is more personal with me. I like to have fun and have a good time, but when I get on the field it is all business to me. Football is what I am going to be doing to feed my family. There is no slacking. My voice and my opinion will be heard," Brooks said.
"Outside of me, you only need pass rushers. I am a gate in the middle. You can line us up in a 3-4 (defense) and I will take on everyone in the middle."
Brooks will sign in February and enroll at Baylor in May.
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