Oklahoma signee Daniel Brooks (Rockdale, Texas/Rockdale) knew something was wrong after performing in the long jump last Friday, but he had no idea the extent of his injury.
Brooks, a three-star athlete recruited as a running back at OU, tore his ACL at a track meet, his father, Tony Brooks, confirmed Wednesday. SoonerScoop.com first reported the injury Wednesday morning.
Following the event, Daniel Brooks posted on his Facebook wall: "whoever heard of someone getting hurt during long jump? And it would be me."
Daniel Brooks will have his surgery March 13 in Norman, said Tony Brooks. The OU medical staff will perform the surgery and the rehab, which could force him to miss part or all of the 2012 season.
"We will rehab and be ready to kick some major butt in a few months!" texted Tony Brooks. "Big 12 beware!"
Daniel Brooks, 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds, wasn't supposed to be competing in the long jump last weekend but decided to give it a shot. It was his only jump, and his knee locked, forcing him to fall over and grab his right knee in pain, said Tony Brooks.
Daniel Brooks was one of the most talked about OU recruits in the 2012 class. It seemed like every month there were rumblings of him looking elsewhere. Rumors persisted with Daniel looking at Texas, TCU and Oklahoma State at one time or another. Tony Brooks was adamant that the family was "Boomer Sooner" all the way.
National signing day proved the Brooks family to be people of their word. Brooks' letter of intent was among the first to reach OU on Feb. 1. There was talk of moving Brooks from offense to defense, but right now, that is not the case.
Tony Brooks said his son will get his first opportunity at offense and also will get an opportunity as a kick returner on special teams.