Brooks appears headed for the coast

Speedster leaves behind an incomplete resume


Daniel Brooks has competed for the Rockdale Tigers for the last time as he heads south to enroll at Port Lavaca Calhoun High School. 
Reporter/Bill Martin Daniel Brooks has competed for the Rockdale Tigers for the last time as he heads south to enroll at Port Lavaca Calhoun High School. Reporter/Bill Martin According to sources close to the situation, Daniel Brooks will be playing football for Port Lavaca Calhoun this season.

It has been rumored for weeks that Brooks would join his family in Port Lavaca where his father Tony is now working at the Point Comfort Alcoa plant.

Rockdale athletic director and head football coach Jeff Miller did not return messages.

The profile information on his recruiting page already lists his home town as Port Lavaca.

With his departure, the Oklahoma pledge leaves behind an incomplete resume that had him close to breaking several football records.

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


Daniel Brooks needed just over 1,000 yards to break Don Wesley’s career mark. Daniel Brooks needed just over 1,000 yards to break Don Wesley’s career mark. 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.

Brooks would join a crowded backfield that already has three 1,000-yard rushers out of an option offense.

Brooks departure leaves junior Excell Nelson as the Tigers’ top returning rusher behind a line with just one starter returning.

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 starting 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 that he is seriously considering.

He has also been tendered offers from Texas Tech, New Mexico and California.

Brooks misses out on a chance to set several school records, including Don Wesley’s 34-year old career rushing record where he needed just over 1,000 yards to accomplish the feat.

He also had a chance to become the school’s all-time leading scorer by scoring five touchdowns sometime this season.

The senior-to-be became the first Tiger in history to rush for more than 300 yards in a game. He did it twice.

He finished with 1,696 yards rushing while scoring 22 times.

Brooks is also an accomplished defensive back with five interceptions. He also led the team in pass receptions.

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound speedster, who won the 3A state title in 100 meters and also pocketed a bronze in the 110-meter hurdles, his speciality. He also competed in the 300-meter hurdles at the state meet where he was sixth.

Brooks won an unprecedented five events at the District 23-3A meet (100, 110s, 330s, long jump, triple jump). He did not compete in the triple jump at regionals.

BOOK ON BROOKS

Career yards rushing—2,365
(3rd all-time)
Season yards rushing—1,696
(1st all-time)
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—
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