Daniel Brooks Offered by Texas?

[Update]: Brooks confirmed the offer to Orangebloods ($) and revealed that the Longhorns have offered him as an athlete (OU has offered the chance to play running back). Brooks also said that he will sit down and talk over the offer with his family, but that it will be difficult for him to change his mind. He seems to have a lot of loyalty to the Sooners -- he clearly doesn't take his verbal pledge lightly, which is deserving of respect. --GoBR--

Other than the commitment of Kennedy Estelle at the Texas camp on Sunday, the major news emerging from the weekend was the possibility that the Longhorns pulled the trigger on an offer for Rockdale ATH Daniel Brooks, an Oklahoma commit. Though Brooks has maintained publicly that his commitment to Oklahoma is strong, he decided to make the last-minute drive into Austin to meet with the coaching staff.

In separate conversations with his father, both Orangeloods and Hookem.com confirmed that the elder Brooks believes his son to have received an offer during his trip on Sunday. As a longtime Texas fan, the offer could give the 5-10, 170-pounder serious pause when considering the solidity of his commitment to Oklahoma. A running back at Rockdale, Brooks is probably shorter than his listed height, making his size for the cornerback position questionable. Brooks is also on the record as saying that he would prefer to play on offense, an opportunity the Sooners are seemingly willing to provide.

The major appeal with Brooks is his speed -- he won the state 3A 100m title this spring with a 10.6 and added a win in the high school division at the Texas relays. Considering his size, the easy comparison is to DJ Monroe, another track star who ended up lacking the height to play cornerback and ended up on the offensive side of the ball.

Brooks is certainly a legitimate talent, but the offer, if true, is somewhat perplexing. The coaches told Kevin Vaccaro that they have only one defensive back spot left in the class and given that the staff has declined to offer Kenny's little brother because of his size, why would it then choose to offer Brooks as a defensive back when he might be shorter than Vaccaro?

If Brooks would get a look as a DJ Monroe type, it would go against the conventional wisdom held for some time -- that Dorial Green-Beckham is the only skill position player left on the board for the Longhorns. And after all, if Brooks would get a look on offense, why not still consider Dominique Wheeler or give Kendall Sanders or Nelson Agholor a shot?

All of this is not to disparage Brooks as a player -- if he does switch his commitment from Oklahoma to Texas, he would be a solid addition to the class. The issue is that his offer just doesn't seem to fit into the narrative constructed by everyone covering this recruiting cycle.

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