Devante Brooks’ rehabilitation continues to go well. That’s good news for Tennessee.
The longtime Vols tight end commitment from St. John’s College High School (Washington, D.C.) told SEC Country on Sunday that he is recovering nicely from his second ACL tear.
“The doctors told me I look great,” the 6-foot-5, 225-pound prospect said shortly after his official visit to Tennessee. “The trainers told me I look great as well.”
Brooks said he’s ready to sign Wednesday with the Vols on National Signing Day, then get back to rehabbing his knee. The goal is to be 100 percent recovered when he enrolls at Tennessee in June. That seems reasonable.
“I’m pretty much cleared to do anything,” the three-star prospect said. “Running, cutting, agility work (while) supervised, pretty much everything.”
Tennessee stood by Brooks when many other schools may not have. Subsequently, Brooks never wavered from his commitment he made public in January 2015.
“That really factors into the decision,” Brooks said. “They had every right to say ‘You know what, maybe you’re not the right fit’. At the end of the day, they want people to produce from day one.
“I was fortunate enough to be a part of this program that stays loyal to its players. That meant a lot to me and it showed me they really wanted me there. They stayed by my side.”
As a previously committed player, Brooks probably wasn’t the top priority for the Vols as they hosted several prospects this weekend. Still, Brooks felt wanted.
“The trip was amazing,” said Brooks, who is the No. 36 tight end prospect in the nation and the No. 5 overall prospect in Washington, D.C. “It’s what I expected to be. It was fun. It was a great time.”
Brooks said he appreciated the time spent with his fellow commitments and potential future teammates.
“It was great,” he said. “I met with a couple of them. Everybody seems cool. I know I’m going to enjoy being around all of them. They’re funny guys. Just can’t wait to get down there in June.”
Jones also can’t wait to be 100 percent healthy once again.
“The recovery process is going to be the same as the first time,” he said. “The second time you tear it, it’s not going to be as bad. Overall, they told me I looked great and, long term, I shouldn’t have any issues as long as I know what I’m doing with the rehab process.”
The Vols are gambling on that prognosis.
All player ranking and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.