Georgia Tech head football coach Geoff Collins has already made an impact for the Yellow Jackets on the recruiting trail in just a few months on the job. On Sunday, that impact was felt in Jacksonville when four-star Trinity Christian cornerback Miles Brooks announced his commitment to Georgia Tech.
1010XL caught up with Brooks to talk about his decision.
“I kind of wanted to do things a little different,” Brooks said. “Everybody is going with top schools, so I felt like switching things up and help building a program to where I know it can get to.
“I really like the new coaching staff that came in. I really just want to come in and help change the culture in Atlanta.”
The 6-foot-2, 183-pound Brooks had offers from all over the country including Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Ohio State, but committed to Georgia Tech in large part due to Coach Collins and his newly assembled staff.
“He’s real laid back, nice and chill,” Brooks said regarding Collins. “He will get on you when he needs to. He’s going to keep it real with you and be real upfront, which is what I love because I don’t like things to be sugarcoated. He’s a great man.
“Coach (Brent) Key also made a big impact because he was one of the first coaches to recruit me when he was back at Alabama, plus the fact that I can come in and help turn the tide and help get the program around the corner and help it be the giant that I know it can be, is just great.”
Sunday was a tough day for the Georgia Tech program as senior defensive lineman Brandon Adams died at age 21.
“It was a rough, sad day and I felt like helping out and trying to brighten and bring a positive thing to the Georgia Tech family,” Brooks said.
Brooks says he has already starting recruiting for Georgia Tech, including getting in the ears of some other Jacksonville prospects.
“I basically started before I committed,” Brooks said. “I got some guys that are liking the way I’m presenting it to them, so I think I will have a few that come around.”
With Brooks commitment to Georgia Tech, he joins Mandarin quarterback Carson Beck (Georgia), Sandalwood quarterback Jeff Sims (Florida State), Sandalwood running back Kyjuan Herndon (Ole Miss) and Sandalwood defensive back Jahquez Robinson (Alabama) as high profile local prospects to already announce their college commitments.
There will be many others here locally to commit to Power 5 programs over the coming weeks and months and Brooks is happy to be among that group.
“It’s a blessing because we have all known each other for a very long time,” Brooks said. “So, the fact that we can say we have all came up together and lived out a dream, it’s a huge blessing and we thank God all the time.
“We all got one more high school season, so we are looking forward to supporting each other and then playing each other at the next level.”
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