The Miami Hurricanes picked up their 12th commitment for the 2019 recruiting cycle on Saturday night.
Samuel Brooks, a 3-star outside linebacker from Miami Northwestern High School, announced his verbal pledge to 247Sports reporter Andrew Ivins.
Brooks is staying home to play at Miami because of the family-like atmosphere.
“I just thought a lot about it and realized that Miami is the best school for me,” he told InsideTheU. “I have always liked Miami and they have always been there for me.”
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The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Brooks committed to Miami over offers from Florida, Auburn and Michigan, among others.
Brooks, who is the cousin of former Miami defensive back Nate Brooks, is the 55th-best outside linebacker in the nation and 108th-ranked player in Florida, according to 247Sports.
“[Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz] said that he has been waiting on this [commitment] for a while now. He thinks I’m the type of guy that can come off the edge and get to the quarterback and just make plays for that defense,” Brooks said.
Brooks’ junior season was halted by a knee injury that resulted in tearing an ACL and MCL.
However, Diaz and the rest of the staff aren’t worried and expect a full recovery.
“When I got injured that took a lot of eyes off of me, but Miami was always there. Every time that I talked with them they just asked if my knee was getting better, but were never really concerned about the future. They just recruited me like everyone else. I’m ahead of schedule with the recovery and everything so they are excited,” Brooks said.
Miami’s other outside linebacker commit in the Class of 2019 is Diamante Howard, a 3-star prospect from Miami Southridge.
Miami’s 2019 class is rated No. 1 in the nation, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
Brooks will add depth to Diaz’s defensive unit and soon should get the chance to don the turnover chain.