19 AZ RB DeCarlos Brooks “Michigan State is one of my favorite colleges”

While he has received just one offer in the recruiting process so far, Chandler (AZ) 2019 running back DeCarlos Brooks could be on the verge of seeing his recruitment take off as he’s received interest from a handful of teams since the end of his junior season, and one of the programs he’s hearing from is #5 Michigan State.

Spartan Nation spoke with Brooks about his Michigan State interest and the 6-foot, 195-pound 3-star recruit said that the Spartans are a program that he would give strong consideration to if they were to extend an offer.

“Definitely, Michigan State is one of my favorite colleges,” he said. “I didn’t grow up watching Le’Veon Bell and Michigan State, but I know a lot of people that are doing really well. I watch their tape, I know there’s a winning culture over there, so I’d really like to be there at Michigan State.”

Brooks’ lone offer so far in the recruiting process is from Oregon State, who offered him back in the Spring of 2017.

Michigan State quarterbacks coach Brad Salem recently paid a visit to Brooks in school back in January and the standout running back said that he hopes he can take a visit to East Lansing to see what the Spartans have to offer.

“I talked to the quarterbacks’ coach at Michigan State, he came to my school,” he said. “He DM’d me, we talked for a little bit over Twitter and then he came out to Arizona. He’s a really cool dude and hopefully, I can take a visit.”

Coming off of a junior season where he rushed for more than 1,300 yards, Brooks has drawn comparisons to former Michigan State running back and current Pittsburgh Steeler Le’Veon Bell and Brooks said that Bell is a running back he’s admired for some time.

“I watch a lot of his film and I watch a lot of his games and I like how he runs,” he said. “He’s different from most running backs, he’s a complete running back, he can catch out of the backfield, he can run people over, he can juke them. He’s a fun guy to watch.”

Brooks also noted that he may take a visit or take part in a camp at Michigan State this summer.

While Brooks has gained the attention of several college programs, Brooks told Spartan Nation that he is continuing to work on all facets of his game and hopes to improve his speed, which he believes will help take his game to the next level.

“I think I can get better all-around, to be honest,” he said. “I’m always looking to improve, I’m staying humble, so I don’t want to say I’m good at everything. The one thing I need to improve is my speed, if I have that breakaway speed from people, I’ll be a real complete back.”

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