The Miami Hurricanes picked up their 12th commitment for the 2019 recruiting cycle on Saturday night.
Samuel Brooks, a 3-star outside linebacker from Miami Northwestern High School, announced his verbal pledge to 247Sports reporter Andrew Ivins. Brooks is staying home to play at Miami because of the family-like atmosphere.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Brooks committed to Miami over offers from Florida, Auburn and Michigan, among others. Brooks, who is the cousin of former Miami defensive back Nate Brooks, is the 55th-best outside linebacker in the nation and 108th-ranked player in Florida, according to 247Sports.
Brooks’ junior season was halted by a knee injury that resulted in tearing an ACL and MCL. However, Diaz and the rest of the staff aren’t worried and expect a full recovery.
Miami’s other outside linebacker commit in the Class of 2019 is Diamante Howard, a 3-star prospect from Miami Southridge. Miami’s 2019 class is rated No. 1 in the nation, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. Brooks will add depth to Diaz’s defensive unit and soon should get the chance to don the turnover chain.
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Samuel Brooks, 2019 OLB, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern
The debate about his future position, between outside linebacker and defensive end, may be far from over but one thing is sure about Sam Brooks — he’s an athlete. His testing results alone Sunday warranted consideration on Scout’s list. He was a top 10 overall Nike Rating performer, checking in at just under 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, logging and impressive 4.62-second 40-yard dash time in the process. But what turns heads more with the edge rusher is a short shuttle time of 4.20 seconds, a top 20 overall time regardless of position. That time would be impressive in any region, even moreso in the fertile state of Florida. The Miami Hurricane legacy recruit holds double digit scholarship offers at this time, including Power-5 extensions from Kentucky and Rutgers.