When Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt was fired back in January for evidence of recruiting violations there were many that wondered where the top players in his recruiting class would land.
By Steve Wright
One of the biggest jewels in the class was Handley (Roanoke, AL) High School defensive end Dylan Brooks who quickly asked for a release from his letter of intent. That release came on Friday and the next day Brooks announced his commitment to the new Bryan Harsin regime with the Auburn Tigers.
There were initially some questions about Brooks’ ability to pledge to another SEC school, but as they were quickly ironed out the 4-star defensive end went with a program that had recruited him heavily before his initial decision to commit to the Vols. Brooks’ is the highest-rated player in the Auburn recruiting class of 2021 and 247Sports Composite has him as the No. 76 player in the class, the No. 6 defensive end, and the No. 4 player in Alabama.
The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder is every bit as destructive as you would imagine with those measurements. In this video (below) from his senior season, Brooks is a one-man wrecking crew on anything that an offense is trying to do. The first two plays are sacks where he uses his immense power to drive offensive linemen deep into the backfield, while the third might be more telling of his football brain.
Dropping into zone coverage, Brooks sees the quarterback is in trouble and makes an instant decision to abandon his post and finish the play. His closing speed to the ball and footwork are both outstanding for his size, while the tackle (suplex) that he ends the play with is all raw power. A player that always seems to be around the ball, Brooks loves the contact aspect of the sport and has the ability to make the type of impact plays that all SEC coaches are looking for from their defensive linemen.