Pittsburgh Sports Now has confirmed a second player making an official visit this weekend to Pitt.
Steel Valley three-star safety tells PSN he’ll spend this weekend with the Pitt Panther football program.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Brookins is someone Cory Sanders and Pat Narduzzi would like to add to their future secondary.
Brookins, who was previously committed to Kent State, received his offer from Sanders back on November 29 and the Panthers have pursued him hard ever since.
— Cruce Brookins (@BrookinsCruce) November 30, 2022
Along with Pitt, Brookins also has Power Five offers from West Virginia, Syracuse and Cincinnati.
Brookins has completed 35-of-69 passing attempts for 711 yards with seven touchdowns, but a majority of his damage has come on the ground, where he’s added 1,625 yards and 33 touchdowns on just 123 carries.
And he’s added 30 tackles (16 solo), six interceptions and six pass breakups on defense — and added a punt return touchdown for good measure.
Brookins is a skilled player on both sides of the ball, but Pitt is no doubt recruiting him to play in their secondary.
And despite the obvious lure of Brookins’ stats this season, a local talent evaluator sees the comparisons between Brookins and some of the elite defensive back talent to come out of Pittsburgh in recent years.
“He, physically, is bigger than Damar Hamlin, Kenny Robinson, Paris Ford. At this stage, his approach to football is like a professional. He understands coverages, he can bait the quarterback — he knows when a bubble screen is coming. He’s a Power Five guy.”
Pitt’s 2023 class currently holds commitments from three-star defensive backs Shadarian Harrison (Lakeland, Florida) and Jesse Anderson (Fort Lauderdale, Florida).
The first official visitor that PSN confirmed to be making an official visit this weekend is Florida 2023 three-star defensive end Maverick Gracio.