Brandon Brooks: 2020 Pro Prospect Interview

Name: Brandon Brooks
School:  Regina/Nevada
Position: CB
Height:  6’2″
Weight: 190

Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?

The number one goal I had going into this season was I wanted to win a national championship with my team. Aside of any other personal accolade, I felt like that was a very attainable goal, and a great way for myself and the rest of the senior class to go out. Another goal that I set pre-season was I wanted to be a player that teams had to game plan around. This goal I feel I accomplished. I play boundary side corner. I wanted to be on the opposing teams number one wideout all game in man coverage as most as possible in order to help our defense create more turnovers and allow us to send more pressure and get off of the field. I feel as if I accomplished this goal because when playing against teams this season, there are games that I went with 0 targets.

Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?

I know both coaches and teammates would say that I’m a team-first player, they would say that I work hard at bringing players together and making others better. I’m passionate about the game of football, and I show my passion through my preparation and play. Both would say that I am committed to reach my true potential through consistently working on the small things to better aid myself and teammates. I pride myself on being a lock down corner, I play aggressive and passionate, and I strive to inspire those around me.

Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?

I focus on several different things, when studying film from practice, I make sure I have proper alignment, and make sure I’m doing my assignment every play. Also watch the positions around me to help myself better understand exactly what the specific scheme is. When watching opponents film, I study the tendencies of the Quarterback, and tendencies and releases of the WR. I try to find the weak point in the opposing WRs game and find out how I can find success in the coming game.

Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?

I believe what separates me from a physical standpoint is my size/length and physicality. Being 6’2″ with long arms, I’m able to challenge bigger WRs, and make the QB have to fit the ball in tight windows. I am most comfortable in press coverage. That seems to be what the league is transitioning to. Which works in my favor. Also my mentality, throughout this process I have had to overcome many obstacles and ended up taking a road less traveled. I believe most players in my current position would have given up when the odds are stacked against them.

Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?

Coming from a Canadian University I know I have to work even harder than the average prospect. That’s exactly what I plan to do. As far as training, I have a couple places that I feel would best get me ready for proday/combine. After I officially hire an agent I believe they will give input, and hopefully help me choose a facility that can help me prepare as best as possible. Also, as of now I plan on attending the College Gridiron Showcase hopefully of receiving an NFL Combine invite as well as potentially getting invited other bowl games.

Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?

As previously mentioned, I bring my size to the table, in addition to that, I’m a player who plays special teams. Anything a team needs I will step in day one and compete to the fullest. As well as that, football is my passion, I will not let anything deter me from that. Many players dreams come to an end fast due to off the field issues, I’m not a player that has to be worried about in that regard.

Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL or any other pro leagues?

I am the epitome of “if you want something bad enough you will make it happen.” I will show up day in and day out and give everything I have to the organization that signs me. Coming out of high school the goal was to go division 1, I ended up going to a division two institution, but never wanted to live a life of what if. I took the road less traveled and went to a community college where I took 28 units in one semester, and ultimately I received division 1 offers and ended up playing at The University of Nevada. At the beginning of the 2017 season I was made aware that athletes could play up to four games and still retain a redshirt. Unfortunately that ended up not being true. I played one snap vs Washington state that season. After the year I planned to transfer, I found out from the NCAA that not only did that one play cost me an entire year of eligibility, but if I wanted to transfer I would have to sit out the 2018 season and lose a year of eligibility. Due to me being a “4-2-4-4 Transfer” I was forced to have to sit at every division (D1 FBS & FCS, and D2.) Leaving me with only one year of eligibility after the sit out year. Every day, I was getting calls from coaches, and reeling in offers, only to find out from the schools compliance offices that I wouldn’t be eligible. Where most people would have given up, I knew that wasn’t the end of the road for me. I did my research, and tried to find ways around this. I remained patient, stayed calm, and ultimately was blessed with an opportunity to play north of the border in Regina, Saskatchewan. I feel like time getting over that obstacle sets me apart of a lot of pro prospects.