Decalon Brooks may have the family name, but this member of the Brooks clan forged his own legacy in the state of Florida in 2015. Decalon, son of NFL Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks, had an outstanding junior season at inside linebacker for the Gaither Cowboys. Brooks made 114 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss and had five sacks while always being the target of the opposition game plan. The result is that with still a year to go until a college decision has to be made, Brooks has the scholarship offers piling up.
Brooks’ main asset is his playmaking ability. He does all the things you would expect of a middle linebacker at the prep level, but then he will flash something unexpected that shifts to momentum in favor of his team. He also has the asset of being at his best when under pressure, an aspect of the game that is not coachable and that is often overlooked when aspiring to greatness. Brooks has all the focus you would expect of a player with NFL blood running through his veins and he is picking up the right coaching and the correct mindset to transfer his game from Fridays to Saturdays with minimal added effort.
At 5-feet-10 and 190 pounds Brooks is still growing. His 4.55 40-yard dash time is outstanding for a player of his age and is something that scouts are looking to see. Linebackers in both college and the pros have to be able to run from sideline to sideline and cover slot receivers in the pass happy football world of 2015 and that is something Brooks’ athleticism and intelligence allows him to do at a very high level.
If Decalon continues to play and improve at the level he has to this point then following in the family employment line may become more than just a dream.