Tigers prepare to close the book of Daniel?

Brooks’ playing status still up in the air


Daniel Brooks may not get the opportunity to break several long-standing football records. 
Reporter/Bill Martin Daniel Brooks may not get the opportunity to break several long-standing football records. Reporter/Bill Martin The story began breaking on Monday and by Wednesday was buzzing all over the internet.

Daniel Brooks, the Oklahoma pledge who was closing in on two of the schools longest standing records, has reportedly moved with his family to Port Lavaca and will attend Calhoun High School.

Br o ok s’ f at he r Tony— a former Rockdale and TCU standout—has been transferred to the Point Comfort Alcoa plant.

Whether the multi-talented Brooks is going to move with his family or not is still a mystery.

Some factions say there is a good chance he will stay, others say its a done deal he’s gone.

Tiger coach Jeff Miller has been out of town and unavailable for comment.

“ They have been here about a month,” Port Lavaca Calhoun athletic director and football coach Richard Whitaker told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. “I don’t count on players before they are enrolled in school, but I would say (Brooks playing for Port Lavaca Calhoun) is probably going to happen.”

Brooks—and little brother Elijah who will be a sophomore— have been practicing with the Rockdale 7-on-7 team but were absent for Tuesday’s workout and unavailable for comment.

The team has qualified for the state tournament on July 14-15 in College Station.

Calhoun is a Class 4A school with 1,263 students. The Sandcrabs are ranked No. 17 in the pre-season polls.

Texas Football says, “this is likely be the best team that the Sandcrabs have ever had.”

If the Crabs find Brooks on the roster, they just got better.

Brooks departure would leave junior Excell Nelson as the Tigers’ top returning rusher.

The 5-foot-6, 170-pounder had three yards on seven carries in 2010.

This is the second season in a row that the Tigers would be impacted by a late transfer.

In 2010, prospective start- ing quarterback Tyler Wright transferred to Granbury when his stepfather, Tiger coach Earl Gandy, took a job there.

While Wright’s departure was a setback, it doesn’t compare to losing the potential career rushing and scoring leader at Rockdale.

Brooks currently is committed to Oklahoma, but he’s part of a recruiting battle as he visited the University of Texas earlier this month and received a scholarship offer from the Longhorns.

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound speedster, who won the 3A state title in 100 meters, could fit nicely into a loaded Sandcrabs’ backfield.

The option offense returns quarterback Joseph Bargas (more than 1,500 yards rushing in 2010), fullback Brandon Griffiths (more than 1,700 yards) and slotback Jeremy Loya (more than 1,000 yards and 10 yards per carry).

“Our left slotback graduated, so he could fit nicely there,” Whitaker said. “That would be something to have a backfield with four 1,000-yard rushers.”

Whitaker also could see Brooks slipping into the Sandcrabs’ defensive backfield behind a pair of four-year starters at linebacker in Nick McCrory and Alex Trevino.

Now it’s just a matter of the Brooks family settling into the area and finishing some school transfer paperwork before one of the top ranked 4A teams in the state, according to Texas Football, adds a potent piece of the puzzle.

Port Lavaca Calhoun opens the season on Aug. 26 at Calallen.

THE BOOK ON DANIEL

Yards rushing—2,365 (3rd alltime) 300-yard games—2 (1st all-time,
only 2 in RHS history)
Touchdowns (career)—31 (2nd
all-time)
Touchdowns (season)—22 (1st
all-time)
Trips to state track meet—2
State medals—2 (Gold in 100;
bronze in the 110 - meter hurdles). District track championships—
7









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