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Meet Maryland linebacker commitment Jalen Brooks
Meet Maryland linebacker commitment Jalen Brooks

Feb. 6 will feature a dual celebration for Jalen Brooks. The North Gwinnett (Ga.) linebacker will turn 18 that day and sign his letter of intent to play football at Maryland. “It’ll definitely be pretty emotional,” Brooks said. “My mom will probably be crying. I don’t know if I’ll cry, but I’ll be happy. It’ll probably feel pretty incredible – probably a day I’ll never forget.” Playing football for a Football Bowl Subdivision program – and participating in Signing Day – wasn’t always a foregone conclusion for Brooks. Several Ivy League schools pursued the senior, who considered Yale, Harvard and...