The Tennessee Vols and head coach Jeremy Pruitt are putting together quite the recruiting class for 2021. One recent move made by Pruitt and his staff saw them pick up the commitment of one of the best players in the entire class – regardless of position – in Handley High (Roanoke, Ala.) defensive end Dylan Brooks.
By Steve Wright
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Getting a player like Brooks from anywhere would be a win for Tennessee but to pull him from the state of Alabama where he was being recruited hard by both Auburn and ‘Bama makes this quite the recruiting scalp for Pruitt. The 6-foot-5, 220 pounder is rated as the top player in the state of Alabama for 2021 and as the 18th best player in the entire nation per the 247Sports composite rankings.
The 5-star defensive end is seen as the No. 2 player at his position in the entire class and it is obvious why when looking at his tape. His first step off of the snap is just ridiculous and on half of his plays here he is past the offensive line before the tackle charged with blocking him even moves. Brooks is a rangy runner with great pursuit speed and when he lays a hit he does so with authority and power.
The first play on this video shows all those traits as the junior gets around the edge before using his vaunted closing speed to get to the quarterback and make a play. SEC teams are always looking for great pass rushers and Brooks seems to have the skill set to be that type of dominator off of the edge. Brooks is also a player capable of shutting down the run as he has a collection moves to get away from blocks in both the running and passing games. He has great lateral movement and – judging by this video – he would also make a pretty damn good TE at the college level thanks to his impressive ball skills for his size.