Speedy, productive WR Lotzeir Brooks commits to Alabama


There was not a more explosive high school player in New Jersey in the fall than Lotzeir Brooks, who toasted defenses for more than 22 yards per reception en route to scoring 22 touchdown receptions.

The Millville (N.J.) High speedster is on pace to break the school record for reception yards in a career, and after that he will head to Alabama to play his college football.

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Brooks was on campus last weekend to get another look at the program, and to meet with the new coaching staff, and he saw enough to end his recruitment and commit to the Crimson Tide.

In landing Brooks, the Crimson Tide get an incredibly productive player with a pair of 1,000-yard receiving seasons, and the top player maker in the state.

The Underclassmen Report lists Brooks as having a top speed of 22.1 miles per hour last month. It was the top speed for prospects in the UC Report database for 2025 prospects, and it is the type of speed he showcased since he arrived on the high school scene.

He has 167 catches for 3,355 yards and 51 touchdowns in his career. He made 61 catches for 1,295 yards and the state-tying touchdown mark last season. It followed a sophomore year in which he had 69 catches for 1,089 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Brooks also had 32 tackles and six interceptions last season, and he has 10 career interceptions.

Here’s everything you need to know:

WHAT LOTZEIR BROOKS SAYS ABOUT ALABAMA

“The facility was nice,” Brooks said. “They have crazy technology there. No other school is going to help me get bigger, faster, stronger than what they have there. The practice had a lot of energy, my type of energy, hyped up, music going, everybody just dialed in. The receivers are my type of game, my type of style; fast, a lot of throwing and a lot of catching.”

WHO ELSE WAS IN THE MIX?

Brooks kept his recruitment quiet. Really quiet. He is rarely on social media and did not make many visits. There were a handful of times he was expected at Penn State or Rutgers, but did not make it to campus very often. His former coach works at Syracuse, and the Orange were pushing hard to get him and was the runner up, according to sources. He nearly committed to Georgia as a sophomore because of his relationship with then-Bulldogs coach Fran Brown, who is now at Syracuse, but he decided not to. However, it came down to Alabama and Kentucky. He was supposed to visit the Wildcats this weekend but instead committed to the Crimson Tide.

WHERE LOTZEIR BROOKS RANKS AS A RECRUIT

Brooks has a 247Sports grade of 88, which makes him the No. 16 player in New Jersey and No. 64 receiver in the nation. The industry-generated 247Sports Composite has Wilson as the No. 435 player in the class of 2025.

HOW LOTZEIR BROOKS FITS WITH ALABAMA

During the visit to Alabama, Brooks heard comparisons to former Alabama standout Jaylen Waddle. He brings speed to the class and an ability to impact the game as a pass catcher and a returner. He is the ninth member of the class, and the sixth one since the start of March.  With the commitment, the Crimson Tide moves up a slot to No. 8 in the national class rankings, and No. 3 in the SEC.

WHAT WE THINK ABOUT LOTZEIR BROOKS
Brooks is pure speed with play-making ability, which 247Sports national scouting analyst Hudson Standish learned while evaluating his profile.

“Combination of speed, short area quickness, and run-after-catch instincts make him extremely dangerous in the screen game and on other first-level throws,” Standish said. “Quickly erases ground against off-coverage and can stretch the field vertically out of the slot. Evidence of high football IQ is on display plenty with his efforts to create space during scramble drill scenarios.

“Must improve play strength and overall plan of attack for defeating press coverage and physical defensive back play. Does a decent job playing through contact at the catch point, but the same level of physicality isn’t there earlier in the route. Will also need to keep evolving as a route runner if he wants to play more than just a complementary role. Likely to add plenty of special teams value as he can create moments of magic with the ball in his hands.”

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