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Elite 2019 OLB Marcel Brooks names Texas in Top 9

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The ‘Horns are in a great spot with a key 2019 target, but some of the nation’s most prominent programs are still a threat.

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The Texas Longhorns remain in the mix with one of the nation’s top 2019 prospects, as Flower Mound Marcus outside linebacker Marcel Brooks names Tom Herman’s program in his top nine on Sunday.

Joining Texas as the programs still in contention for Brooks’ services are Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, TCU, Penn State, LSU and Florida State

Brooks holds 17 offers to date and his cut left programs including Baylor, Colorado, Houston, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M on the outside looking in.

A four-star target, Brooks camped with the Longhorns during summer and is expected to return to the Forty Acres at some point this fall. Considering the crop of heavy hitters in his top nine, Texas will face no shortage of competition for Brooks’ signature so every opportunity Herman and his staff have to get Brooks on campus is essential. He’s currently the only 2019 outside linebacker with a Texas offer.

To date, the ‘Horns hold three of Brooks’ Crystal Ball projections, with the other three going to TCU.

At 6’3, 200 pounds, Brooks is ranked as the nation’s No. 49 player, No. 5 outside linebacker and the No. 8 player in Texas, per 247Sports Composite.