Throughout this season, the University of Nevada Wolf Pack was stagnant in terms of recruiting, and despite having sizable turnouts of recruits in attendance at Mackay Stadium for games, commitments and intents haven’t improved much.
That was until early Wednesday morning, when three-star Wide Receiver/Safety from Sierra Canyon High School, Julian Brooks, sent his letter to Nevada, announcing via Twitter (@JulianBrooks): “Officially signed to the University of Nevada for football”.
Brooks – a Chatsworth, CA native – currently sits on the ESPNU’s list of top receivers at 61, and is ranked 48th in the state of California, which is a recruiting playground throughout the United States.
In his final two seasons at Sierra Canyon, he had 51 receptions for 1,189 yards and 23 touchdowns, along with 10 interceptions as a junior playing safety.
Despite suffering a ruptured plantar plate (foot) at the midway point in his senior season, the 6’2”, 200-pound versatile athlete was still highly sought after. The injury didn’t affect his standing with head coach Chris Ault, and the program continued to show no hesitation, which was one of the reasons for Brooks’ loyalty since May 2012.
When Brooks sustained the injury, Ault elected to greyshirt him so that he could be eligible to participate in spring ball.
Brooks possesses all the measurables necessary to be productive in a D-1 program, but the fact that he’s been explosive on both sides of the ball, gives Nevada clear signs that the intangibles are relatively miniscule.
He is familiar with Nevada players, which obviously gave some leverage to the program, but hopefully this move will spark an influx of commitments by recruits who have been on the fence waiting for key targets to get inked.
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