There are many highly-rated football prospects in the Jacksonville area for the Class of 2020. Trinity Christian defensive back Miles Brooks is one of these prospects.
1010XL caught up with the four-star prospect to talk about his recruitment so far and his expectations for Trinity Christian heading into his senior season.
“My recruitment is going good and I’m coming closer to the end of it,” Brooks told 1010XL. “I’m starting to narrow it down to a few schools and I feel like I’m starting to get a clear vision as to where I want to go.”
Brooks has a checklist he is looking for when examining his college options.
“With me, academics is first, so it’s wherever I feel I can get the best education,” Brooks said. “Then it’s about the relationship with the coaches and the staff. I just want to be comfortable knowing I’m going to spend the next three, four, or five years of my life there.”
Brooks (6-foot-2, 183 pounds) is considered to be among the top 15 corners in the country and is also a top 200 overall talent nationally. He has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech among others.
Does Brooks’ high national ranking ever cross his mind?
“Early in the process, I can’t lie, it did, but at this point I don’t look at it or pay attention to it anymore because I know there is always someone out there grinding and wishing they could be in my spot,” Brooks said.
Brooks is joined in the Trinity Christian secondary by Fred Davis who is also considered to be a top corner nationally in the 2020 class. What is it like to go through the recruiting process with a teammate by your side?
“It makes it great because both of us didn’t start out playing corner,” Brooks said. “He was a quarterback and I was a receiver, so we thought we were going to college to play those positions. It’s great and a blessing that one of my closest friends, he’s like a brother to me, is getting the same success.
“We feel like we are the best duo in the country and we are going to try and continue to put on a show for everybody.”
Brooks says he has gotten a lot of advice from former Trinity Christian stars like Shaun Wade (Ohio State) and D.J. Matthews (Florida State).
“I played with Shaun and D.J. my freshman year and I guess they knew that I would eventually be going through this process,” Brooks said. “They taught me how to stay composed and how to handle the pressure and everything.
“They taught me a lot honestly. What I should look for in recruiting and during the process. What things are important and what’s not. They are like big brothers to me, so that was great.”
Brooks was asked about his relationship with Trinity Christian head coach Verlon Dorminey.
“He has meant a lot to me,” Brooks said. “He always makes sure that we grow and develop as men, more than just football players. There is more to life than just football. He’s done a lot of things for me over the years and without a doubt he’s probably my favorite coach ever.”
Finally, Brooks has high expectations for himself and for Trinity Christian heading into the 2019 season.
“We are definitely going to try and make a state run and just try and leave an imprint on the school,” Brooks said. “The goal is definitely to make it to state and win it, but we know the process is going to be long in getting there and we are ready for every bit of it.”
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