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February 05, 2013

Brooks hasn't made announcement; coach says it's going to be Miami or Baylor

By all accounts, Terrell Brooks has eaten lunch by now. It's his college decision he hasn't been able to digest yet.

ESPN reported Monday night the 6-4, 300-pound defensive tackle from Navarro JC in Corsicana, Tex. would make an announcement on his college choice around lunchtime Tuesday. But lunch has come and gone and all his JUCO head coach Brian Mayper said he's heard is that Brooks is down to Miami or Baylor. Kansas State is apparently out.

"I've had about six phone calls since lunch asking what he's doing. I don't know," Mayper said. "I'm sure when he reaches a decision he'll let everyone know."

Brooks, selected as an NJCAA All-American honorable mention, racked up 46 tackles, 11 for loss last season. He's one of three defensive tackles UM is in the hunt for. The others are Palm Beach high schoolers Keith Bryant and Jaynard Bostwick.

"Terrell's a hard worker, gets after it, a big physical kid that gets after it on the d-line," Mayper said. "When he came here out of high school he wasn't guaranteed a spot and he came in and won a starting job and did a great job for us. Great kid, great competitor. Wish I had him for one more year, but we don't.

"He's got great technique, strong and physical, really quicker. He's an every down player, doesn't take any plays off. It's something he takes pride in. He's in great shape. He's not a fat kid, doesn't have flab hanging over his belt. He's a good looking d-tackle."

Canes should find out about DT Brooks Tuesday around lunchtime

The next recruiting sweepstakes involving the Canes will take place around 1 p.m. Tuesday when Navarro (Corsicana, Tex.) junior college defensive tackle Terrell Brooks (6-4, 300) chooses between Kansas State, Baylor and Miami.

“I have a pretty good idea, but I want to get a few things cleared up before that happens,” Brooks told ESPN. “I’ve pretty much come down to the nitty-gritty, and me and my family have been talking about everything. [Tuesday] morning, I’m making my decision where I’ll be signing.”

Brooks was named all NJCAA honorable mention after racking up 46 tackles and 11 tackles for loss. He helped Navarro win the school's third consecutive Southwest Junior College Football Conference championship and finish the 2012 season ranked No. 4 in the final NJCAA poll.

A source said last Thursday Brooks was the player UM had received a silent commitment from, prompting the Hurricanes to temporarily yank a scholarship offer away from Miami Booker T. Washington All-American offensive lineman Denver Kirkland. UM has since put offer back on the table after meeting with Kirkland and his family over the weekend.

Brooks signed with North Texas coming out of high school in 2011.

The Hurricanes remain in pursuit of two highly-touted defensive tackles out of Palm Beach: Keith Bryant and Jaynard Bostwick. Florida State and Florida are said to be leading for their services, respectively.