Brooks preparing for next level

There are many circumstances where some athletes are just athletes, but Henry Clay running back Bo Brooks is the exception to that rule. He's not only a great athlete, but he's an outstanding student.

There are many circumstances where some athletes are just athletes, but Henry Clay running back Bo Brooks is the exception to that rule. He's not only a great athlete, but he's an outstanding student.

Bo Brooks had an impressive junior season for Henry Clay. He had 131 carries for 932 yards and five touchdowns. He averaged 7.1 yards per carry. While Brooks isn't a big back by any means (5-foot-8, 190-pounds), he is well built and blessed with great speed.

"I would describe myself as a complete back," said Brooks. "I have great hands, I can run and block. I have great strength and power and I run well between the tackles," he continued. "I have good balance, make quick cuts and have great speed."

Brooks runs the 40 yard dash in 4.37 seconds. He also had a 36 inch vertical and a 9'6 broad jump. Top that off with his 4.2 shuttle time and you have a player with elite athleticism. But Brooks isn't satisfied.

"I want to get better at my blocking and continue to broaden my knowledge of the game," said Brooks.

Through the first three games of the season, Brooks had 29 touches, averaging 20 yards per catch and 6.5 yards per carry. Henry Clay has gotten off to a 2-2 start but despite that .500 record at this point, the goal remains the same.

"My team's ultimate goal is to win the 6A State Championship. We can reach (that goal) by continuing to work hard in practice. In games we need to execute on offense with the weapons we have and stop teams on defense," he continued.

Brooks has been contacted by several schools at this point, but still holds no offers. "I am hearing from Kentucky, Louisville, Vanderbilt, Marshall, Illinois, Virginia, Western Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky," he said.

There's no time-table for Brooks's decision, but he will talk things over with his parents before making a college decision.

"I'm looking for a school with good football coaches, enthusiasm within the football team and a good academic program," he said.

Academically, Brooks is already off to a good start for the next level.

"I'm a hard worker academically with a 3.7 GPA and have completed College English 101 and 102," he said.

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