Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings, a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. In this edition, we talk the latest with a linebacker who is down to Alabama and LSU.
Marcel Brooks says he’s only going to Alabama or LSU
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — Marcel Brooks, a 4-star outside linebacker from Marcus High School (Flower Mound, Texas), announced Alabama and LSU as his finalist schools last month. Often in recruiting, other schools enter the picture before a decision is made. For Brooks, that decision will come on June 25, his birthday.
He’s adamant that he’ll end up at one of the two SEC West schools, though.
“I’m not going anywhere other than those two schools,” Brooks told SEC Country at the Pylon 7v7 National Qualifier. “I may take visits to other schools, but nothing is going to get in between them. I have done all my research. There’s no other school I want to go to.”
Brooks made his first visit to Tuscaloosa last month for junior day. He’ll visit LSU in two weeks. Neither school holds an advantage, he says. That may change after he visits Baton Rouge, but for now, both are on equal ground. He did say that he has several family members in Louisiana and talks to Ed Orgeron every day, but he won’t be 100 percent sure about LSU until his visit.
“They’re big-time programs,” Brooks said. “They’re in the SEC. They always have big-time players, and you have to know where you fit in at. You have to know your worth.”
Alabama is recruiting Brooks as an outside linebacker and safety. He doesn’t have a preference on which position he’ll play. Brooks does have a good connection with defensive coordinator/outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi, though. Brooks said he talks to Lupoi daily.
“The best thing I liked about Alabama was the love from the coaches,” Brooks said. “I don’t get into all of the fancy stuff like uniforms and things like that. It’s mainly about the coaches’ love. It’s amazing to see top coaches in the country loving my game and my film. I have two types of film. I have one that’s all pass rushing and one that’s me playing safety. They like both of them.”
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound prospect did get a chance to experience part of the “fancy stuff” while in Tuscaloosa. While meeting with Nick Saban, Brooks tried on the coach’s national championship rings.
“It was amazing. It was something I never experienced going on a college visit,” Brooks said. “I don’t want to sound cocky, but I knew my time was coming. I worked my ass off for this.”
Alabama coaches raise their Twitter game
Alabama upped its Twitter game on Monday night. Almost every single assistant coach tweeted out this graphic below:
— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) March 6, 2018
The caption, “Some hashtag it, others live it,” is an obvious subtweet at schools that are always claiming to be “DBU” or “Defensive Back University.” Florida and LSU are usually the two schools that claim they are DBU.
In the past few weeks, I have noticed that the assistant coaches have been using Twitter more often than they ever have. It’s something that Alabama was far behind in when comparing it to other major schools that are always tweeting graphics or acknowledging when they pick up commitments in creative ways.
I can almost guarantee that having the coaches be more vocal on Twitter was brought up in a meeting because recruits have noticed in the past that the coaches are pretty much silent on social media. That’s changed. Take for example wide receivers coach Josh Gattis:
— Josh Gattis (@Coach_Gattis) March 5, 2018
Yes, Alabama sells itself as a program, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t continue evolving your recruiting methods, and I think we’re seeing that with the coaches’ use of social media. I’m of the belief that anytime you want to creatively show off your program to these recruits, who almost all are on Twitter, you should do it. It can only help.
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