Kennedy Brooks, 4-Star RB with Video Game Stats, Seeing Rise in Recruitment

Damon Sayles@@DamonSaylesNational Recruiting AnalystMarch 24, 2016

Mansfield, Texas, 4-star running back Kennedy Brooks rushed for 3,522 yards and 42 touchdowns as a junior last season. He has 10 offers and is expected to be a player to watch throughout the spring and summer.
Mansfield, Texas, 4-star running back Kennedy Brooks rushed for 3,522 yards and 42 touchdowns as a junior last season. He has 10 offers and is expected to be a player to watch throughout the spring and summer.Damon Sayles/Bleacher Report

COPPELL, Texas — Looking for the definition of "workhorse?" Kennedy Brooks will never admit it publicly, but he knows a workhorse when he sees one.

He stares at one every time in the mirror.

In the age of pass-happy spread offenses, Brooks, a 4-star running back from Mansfield, Texas, is a throwback. He's a punishing running back at 6'0" and 197 pounds who also has deceptive speed and a ridiculous motor. Brooks' numbers during the 2015 season are phenomenal at any level of football.

In 15 games, Brooks rushed 431 times for 3,522 yards and 42 touchdowns for Mansfield High School, according to stats from the Dallas Morning News. Brooks averaged nearly 29 rushes and 235 yards per game.

Let those numbers marinate for a minute.

"I'm not the best, but I work hard, and I keep working," Brooks said. "I just want to keep improving and do what I need to do for my team."

Brooks is ranked the nation's No. 20 running back and the No. 37 player in the state of Texas. He has 10 offers, the latest coming from Kansas State and Missouri. Other offers include Oklahoma, Michigan, Washington, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Texas Tech, Illinois and SMU.

Saiid Adebo, a 4-star athlete, is Brooks' teammate at Mansfield. Adebo is a two-way standout who lines up at wide receiver on offense and cornerback on defense.

He laughed as he thought about the practices he had when he lined up on the defensive side against the offense and Brooks.

"I don't think I've ever seen somebody make a tackle on him one-on-one," Adebo said. "He doesn't seem like someone who will break ankles, but he's got really [great] speed. Plus, he can make one cut and make you look completely foolish."

Credit: 247Sports.com

Brooks played in all 15 games for Mansfield. In his first game of the season, against Flower Mound Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas), Brooks was given the ball 20 times. He scored a touchdown, but he only finished with 26 rushing yards.

The following week, against Waco Midway (Waco, Texas), Brooks rushed 36 times for 309 yards and two touchdowns. If you take away that first game, Brooks never failed to rush for at least 140 yards in every contest, and he rushed for at least 200 yards in 10 of 15 games.

Taking things one step further, Brooks rushed for 300 yards or more three times last season. His biggest game came on Nov. 6, when he rushed 20 times for 348 yards and seven touchdowns—including a 35-yard game-winner with less than two minutes remaining—against Midlothian High School.

"I think he's the baddest running back in the state, even the nation," Adebo said.

RB Kennedy Brooks' top three rushing performances of 2015
OpponentDateAttemptsRushing yardsTDs
MidlothianNov. 6203487
Flower Mound MarcusNov. 20373424
South Grand PrairieOct. 23383273
Source: The Dallas Morning News

Brooks credits his offensive line for his success. As a sophomore, he rushed for 1,271 yards and 14 touchdowns. What may be most impressive is that he more than doubled his carries as a junior. He carried the ball 169 times as a sophomore.

In being a workhorse back, Brooks also runs with patience and vision, two attributes that Brooks said are extremely vital to him.

"To me, that's really key for running backs," he said. "I'm able to see the holes and see what happens real fast. I'll wait for it, and then I'll show my top-end speed. Once I hit the hole, you won't catch me."

College scouts have taken notice of Brooks' skill set, but Brooks said colleges will have to wait patiently for him to make any decisions. He said he's planning on taking his recruitment as far as he can—possibly to national signing day.

Credit: 247Sports.com

Brooks is a fan of all of his offers, but he said he wouldn't mind earning a few more between now and his undetermined decision day. He said offers from Ohio State, Notre Dame and Michigan State would add intrigue to his recruiting process.

If anything, Brooks knows what he's looking for in a future college home.

"I want a team that will compete for a championship every year," he said. "I'm also looking for playing time and a place that will make me a better person and a better football player."

For now, however, Brooks' goals are a little more present-tense. Look for him as a senior to focus on putting up numbers that would make his monster junior year look pedestrian.

"My goal is to never be satisfied," Brooks said. "What I did last year, I've got to do better. Anything below it, I won't be able to accept it. I want to make sure I keep focused and have no distractions."

Damon Sayles is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained firsthand. All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite ratings. Follow Damon via Twitter: @DamonSayles


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