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'05 PA RB Shane Brooks (Pitt signee)


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Shane Brooks
Running back
Duquesne, Pennsylvania
Height: 6-foot-0
Weight: 220 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.6 seconds
Bench reps: 14
Squat max: 600 pounds
Shuttle time: 4.47 seconds
Junior stats: 1600, yds, 9.1 avg, 20 TD's

Claims 14 offers, including Virginia (favorite), Maryland, Pitt, Syracuse, and Wisconsin; has interest in Ohio State, but has not yet received an offer; will not camp this year, as he will attend summer school to get his grades in order.

Shane could be the big back that the Bucks are looking for....
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Voted offensive player of the year in the WPIAL Eastern Conference Class A, 1st Team all-conference, 2nd Team All-State, McKeesport daily News All-District 1st team, Pittsburgh Post Gazette South Fabulous 22, and the Tribune Review Terrific 25.

Recent PA article on Brooks

Shane Brooks doesn't think much of the May evaluation process, particularly the camps where so much emphasis is placed on a stopwatch.
The Duquesne High School tailback prefers to be judged by what he does when he's wearing a helmet and pads, when the brutality and physicality of football come into play.

That's not just his excuse for running the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds at both the Nike Training Camp at Penn State and the Metro Index camp last week.

"When I'm on the field, I move much faster than in these drills," Brooks said. "Camps are for little people who run around and catch the ball. To evaluate me, you have to put the equipment on."

The 5-foot-11 1/2, 220-pounder stood out last season, averaging almost 9 yards per carry while rushing for 1,591 yards and 16 touchdowns. Based on his game film, Pitt, Akron, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Syracuse, Virginia and West Virginia have offered scholarships.

Brooks rushed for 100 yards or more in all but one game as a junior -- he had 98 vs. Brentwood -- and ran for 200-plus against Leechburg (223), Wilkinsburg (219) and Chartiers-Houston (207).

"He has power and speed," Duquesne coach Pat Monroe said. "He has legitimately squatted 600 pounds. That's an unheard of amount for a running back, at any level. If me, you and another guy jump on his back, he's going to be OK."

Perhaps a better example of Brooks' durability and toughness comes on defense, where he plays nose guard.

"I like playing down there," Brooks said. "You've only got one responsibility, to blow up whoever is in front of your face."

Adds Monroe: "No one can block him with one person. And he shares the holding duties for extra points, then turns around and runs for 1,600 yards at tailback. There's not too many who can do that."

His defensive feats aside, Brooks' rushing feats fit the job description at Duquesne. After all, he inherited the position from a 2,000-yard rusher in Windell Brown, who inherited it from all-time rushing leader Todd Harris.

There was a time Brooks, a Duquesne resident, thought he'd never play for the Dukes. He attends Wilson Christian Academy in West Mifflin, and plays through a co-operative agreement. As a freshman, he played for South Allegheny and rushed for 513 yards.

Brooks learned a lesson as a sophomore at Duquesne, when he sat behind Brown. Some of his current success comes from having to fight to keep backup Layton Dunn, a talented sophomore, off the field.

"Just sitting behind Windell and seeing what he does, that makes you a better player," Brooks said. "At Duquesne, they just keep coming up. For Todd to put Windell on the bench, he must have been pretty special. And for Windell to put me on the bench, he must have been pretty special.

"You just keep going on down the line."

With 2,415 career yards, Brooks has set his sights on not only joining Harris in the 4,000-yard club but on passing Brown's single-season school record (2,008).

"I want to rush for 2,500 yards," Brooks said, "If I do that, our team should be able to get anywhere we want to go."

Brooks should be able to write his own ticket, as well.
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Duquesne RB emulated Williams' running style
By Ryan Buncher
Sunday, August 15, 2004

Duquesne senior tailback Shane Brooks admires Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams, but don't worry.
It isn't Williams' peculiar behavior or smoking habits that appeal to Brooks, but the powerful running style the newly-retired back displayed at the University of Texas.

The appeal makes perfect sense after watching Brooks run. He has the speed to break long runs, but he has developed a power-running style to take full advantage of his size.

"(Williams) was unbelievable, running over everybody," Brooks said. "I think the hardest thing for (my opponents) is I never stop. I always try to punish the tackler before they can punish me. By the end of the game, you can see them slowing up, and then, you can get by them with just a stiff arm."

Brooks powered his way to 1,591 yards as a junior, giving him 2,415 for his career and an excellent chance at reaching 4,000 some day.

Brooks grew up in Duquesne, but he began his career sharing the rushing duties with current Clairton star Dana Brown at South Allegheny when that school had a co-op agreement with Wilson Christian Academy. The co-op switched to Duquesne the following year, bringing Brooks home.

As a sophomore, he started at linebacker, but Windell Brown was the Dukes' top rusher, followed by then-freshman Layton Dunn. And Brooks finished with only 321 yards. They opened last season competing for the tailback job, but Brooks stepped up when Dunn was slowed by a sore knee.

"He was impressive on sight," Duquesne coach Pat Monroe said. "You don't see that combination of size and speed regularly. The kid always had a great work ethic. He just ran with a lot more aggressiveness (last year). That took him to the next level to be a great back."

Brooks knows he will share the ball with Dunn and fullback Courtney Dunn, but he should still have a big year. He has earned the respect of his opposition with his big junior year.

"He's very physical football player, a very strong football player," Wilkinsburg coach Bill McClung said. "I think he could run through a brick wall. I've seen him put shoulder down and run through people. He's a tremendous talent. "

Brooks is also a third-year starter on defense. Last year, he constantly moved around from the defensive line to inside and outside linebacker, something he enjoys.

"When I was in ninth grade and just playing running back, I felt like something was missing," Brooks said. "If we come out on defense and I can make a play or two first, the game comes easier to me."

The future, however, is at running back for Brooks, no matter whose running style he emulates. Monroe reached past Duquesne's tradition of star running backs like Todd Harris and Brown for a comparison.

"People ask who he reminds us of," Monroe said. "He's kind of a Herschel Walker or Bo Jackson type of back. He's big and strong, but he can also run away from you. A lot of good running backs get 10 or 15 yards. He's a big back, who breaks 70 and 80-yard runs with regularity."

Shane Brooks
School: Duquesne

Class: Senior

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 220

Positions: Running back/linebacker

40 time: 4.5

College: Brooks estimated he has 14 Division I scholarship offers, with Maryland, Penn State, Pitt, Virginia and Wisconsin among his favorites.

Joe Butler's Metro Index scouting report: "He is a muscular guy with a powerful lower body. An explosive interior runner with breakaway speed. I think he'll be a power tailback or an explosive fullback in college."
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Dukes' Brooks worth watching
One in a series on top high school football players in the WPIAL and City League.
Tuesday, August 17, 2004

By Chico Harlan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

One middle-aged onlooker, slouched into a folding chair along the sideline of Duquesne High School's football stadium last week, motioned quietly to Dukes coach Pat Monroe, standing nearby.

Monroe leaned in.

"Watching that big boy of yours come around the end ... ," the observer said, before tailing off. "Well, it's a beautiful sight."

Nobody watching Duquesne can resist noticing the big back. Not the fans who love watching him. Not the teammates who love blocking for him. Not the college recruiters who would love to have him.

The big back, Shane Brooks, is a big deal. Entering his senior year as Duquesne's powerful tailback, Brooks is a Division I talent at a Class A school.

Last year he had 17 touchdowns and ran for 1,589 yards on 181 carries, an average of 8.8 yards per attempt. His physical qualities -- he runs a 4.5 40, squats 600 pounds and weighs 218 pounds -- seem almost contradictory, the best attributes picked from a bruiser and a sprinter.

For all, except those lining up against him, it's a beautiful sight.

"He can take on anybody and make them go backward," Monroe said. "But he can also break away and nobody will catch him. That's what makes him special."

But Brooks, who also plays defensive line, prefers to paint himself as a power back.

When he imagines himself four years from now -- the product of a college lifting program -- he guesses he could weigh roughly 245 pounds. "I'll probably be a machine," he said, laughing.

Last season, Duquesne finished with an 8-3 record, losing in the WPIAL quarterfinals. Most of the starters from that team return, including backfield mates Courtney and Layton Dunn.

Brooks believes his team can contend for a PIAA championship. And, yes, Brooks & Dunn, like the country music tandem bearing the same name, can lead the way.

Brooks said he'll probably wait until after the football season to decide on a college, but he has a long list of suitors -- and a shoebox filled with recruiting letters as visual evidence. Fourteen schools thus far have offered Brooks scholarships; among them, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Virginia and Missouri. So far, Virginia is his favorite.

"But there's a lot that can still happen," he said.

Brooks is looking forward more to his senior season than his future. He trained in the summer with a grueling fitness program that sent him running, and sweating, around the neighborhood. He sprinted -- running forward and backward -- up and down hilly Center Street, in West Mifflin and Duquesne. He would then head over the McKeesport Bridge, stopping after roughly 90 minutes.

"I was out so much, people would honk their horns when they saw me running," Brooks said. "I was a part of the normal routine."

"And the thing is, he always works that hard, whether he's in defensive line drills or whether he's running for a touchdown," Monroe said. "He's in the best shape of anybody on the team."

Brooks also is a member of Duquesne's basketball and track and field teams, but football remains his first priority. That's where his future lies. It's also the sport that gives him the most gratification.

"When I see a defender just standing there, I have something inside of me that makes me just want to run over him," Brooks said. "Doing something like that, there's nothing like it."
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Roundup: Duquesne steamrolls North Catholic

By The Tribune-Review
Sunday, September 5, 2004

After managing just 45 yards in the season opener, running back Shane Brooks broke out on Saturday afternoon, as Class A No. 5 Duquesne steamrolled Class A No. 10 North Catholic, 42-12, in a non-conference game.
Brooks carried the ball 23 times for 251 yards and two touchdowns.

The Dukes (1-1) passing attack also contributed once again, as quarterback George Little threw for 107 yards and three touchdowns. Two of those scoring passes went to Elijah Fields.

Trailing for a majority of the game, North Catholic (1-1) was forced to go to the air early and often. Quarterback Jason Schanbacher completed 20 of 31 passes for 182 yards.

Matthew Musial capped two North Catholic drives with touchdown runs.

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