Player: Tahj Brooks
Position: Running Back
Height / Weight: 5-11/212
High School: Manor (Manor, TX)
Offers: Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Tulsa, Arizona, Arkansas, Boston College, California, Colorado, Colorado State, Duke, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Kansas State, Minnesota, North Texas, Rice, SMU, TCU, Texas Southern, Utah, UTEP
Recruiting Services: Rivals 5.7 | 24/7 Sports 87 | ESPN 79
Cumulative Ranking: 87.63
Commitment Date: June 22, 2019
Manor’s Tajh Brooks would begin what would be a banner day for Texas Tech as the first of four known commits for Texas Tech
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— 𝕿𝖆𝖍𝖏 𝕭𝖗𝖔𝖔𝖐𝖘 🐎 (@just_tahj) June 22, 2019
Rials’ Sam Spiegelman spoke with Brooks, who was originally committed to Tulsa as a junior, on his decision to commit to Texas Tech:
On his decision: “This whole process was based on finding a family atmosphere of the coaches and how the coaches talked to me, giving me calls or saying, ‘What’s up?’ or ‘We still love you.’ The biggest thing was just how they recruited me. Lubbock is actually seven hours away from home, so it’s pretty far away. The city is pretty cool. Everything is small — the dorms, the field, the practice field, the classes, the academic advisors around campus — it’s pretty small. You can basically walk the campus and you’ll see everywhere and I think that’s pretty cool.”
As a junior, Brooks ran for 1,201 yards on 149 attempts, which is about 8 yards a carry, 21 touchdowns and a few handful of receiving yards. As a sophomore, Brooks had similar success, 1,150 yards on 141 carries and 8 yards a carry with 10 touchdowns.
If I had to describe Brooks style, it would be effortless. Everything just seems to happen effortlessly for Brooks, and the Manor offense has got some really nice wrinkles to it, nice plays and Brooks does a nice job of selling what’s happening with the misdirection. So many plays, he’s simply untouched and so many plays he simply outruns opponents, but his legs aren’t moving all that fast. It’s effortless again. Not a ton of wiggle, which can be important in Yost’s offense, but he’s exactly the kind of running back Yost likes, which is smaller (not very tall), very quick, can get to the outside, and run with some power too (at or close to 200 pounds).