Oklahoma tenders an offer to Brooks

Sooners covet speedy Tiger running back


Daniel Brooks’ versatility and speed is what has captured the attention of the Oklahoma Sooners. 
Reporter/Cliff Dungan Daniel Brooks’ versatility and speed is what has captured the attention of the Oklahoma Sooners. Reporter/Cliff Dungan Oklahoma knows a great running back when they see one.

Steve Owens, Joe Washington, Greg Pruitt, Marcus Dupree, Billy Sims, Adrian Peterson.

Daniel Brooks would be delighted to add his name to that illustrious list after being offered a scholarship by the Sooners on Wednesday.

Brooks, whose previous offer came from New Mexico State, re-wrote the Rockdale record book last season, becoming the first Rockdale running back to run for 300 yards and he did that twice.

He established a new season rushing mark with 1,696 yards while scoring 22 touchdowns.

Brooks needs 1,025 yards to break Don Wesley’s 34-year old career mark of 3,389.

He also needs just five touchdowns to break Blade Bassler’s record for career touchdowns (35).

Brooks is also a world class hurdles man, making the state meet as a sophomore in 2010.

According to Brooks’ coach Jeff Miller, it’s his versatility that has the Sooners interested.

“They only have 12 scholarships next year and they want someone who they know can already play for them,” he said. “They want someone who they can stick in at defensive back, wide receiver or running back, plus return kickoffs or punts. Daniel can do all that.”

Oklahoma has pocketed seven national championships, one under current coach Bob Stoops who will be entering his 13th season as head coach in Norman.

Brooks has been flying under the radar as far as recruiting goes. The 5-foot- 9, 170-pound junior is not included on any of the “top class” lists.

Oklahoma signed two Texas schoolboy running backs last month, Brandon Williams from Brookshire-Royal and Danzel Williams from Arlington Martin.

The Sooners leading rusher last season, DeMarco Murray, has graduated.

Brooks’ father Tony, played college football at TCU after a stellar track and football career in Tigerland.


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