Played in final 11 games and made seven starts…recorded 46 tackles, including 3.0 for loss with 1.0 sack, two pass breakups, two quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery…made first collegiate start at Syracuse and registered career-high nine tackles…matched career-high tackles total, including career-best 2.0 for loss with 1.0 sack, and added one forced fumble and one quarterback hurry in 28-24 victory at Louisville…named ACC Linebacker of the Week following his performance at Cardinals…made collegiate debut in 36-26 win vs. Samford and had two solo tackles…had two stops in 37-19 win vs. Northern Illinois…recorded five tackles, 1.0 for loss, and one fumble recovery at No. 17 Miami…also had five tackles in 38-17 win vs. Wake Forest…registered seven tackles and one pass breakup vs. No. 2 Clemson…credited with three tackles and one quarterback hurry at North Carolina State…made two tackles at No. 3 Notre Dame…had one solo stop in 22-21 victory vs. No. 22 Boston College…recorded one solo tackle and one pass breakup vs. No. 13 Florida.
Logged repetitions by contributing to the scout team…redshirted the 2017 season.
Consensus three-star prospect and Top 50 linebacker recruit who starred at Gaither High School in Tampa…named the nation’s No. 47 inside linebacker prospect in Florida by 247Sports…rated the No. 7 inside linebacker prospect in Florida and No. 52 South ILB by Scout…ranked as one of the nation’s Top 100 linebacker recruits by ESPN…versatile prospect who has the rare blend of speed, strength, explosiveness and instincts that could propel him to excel at linebacker or safety…said to have “a natural nose for the football” by ESPN…ranked No. 33 on the Tampa Bay Times Hometown 100 of top area high school players…member of the All-Hillsborough County and Tampa Bay Times’ All-Tampa Bay first team defense as a linebacker after racking up 105 tackles, six sacks and one interception as a senior at Gaither last fall…had 114 tackles, five sacks and 12 tackles for loss as a junior…tallied 104 tackles as a sophomore…snagged second team All-Hillsborough County honors and honorable mention All-Tampa Bay as a junior…was a three-year starter for the Cowboys, averaging 10.8 tackles per game for his prep career…committed to Florida State in August 2016…selected the Seminoles over offers from Louisville, USF and Illinois among others…his father, Derrick Brooks, a two-time consensus All-American linebacker at Florida State in 1993 and 1994, has his jersey, No. 10, retired at FSU and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, College Football Hall of Fame and Florida State Hall of Fame.