Byrd LB Brossette loves running down ball carriers

By LEE BRECHEEN, Louisiana Football Magazine

C.E. Byrd’s Brooks Brossette is a player it seems like I have been watching for over 10 years. Brossette is a linebacker in the Class of 2023.

When I scout and look at film or go to games in person, I remember players because of their effort, ability and the impact they make on the game and the team. Brossette is that type of easy-to-remember player: he’s got a motor that is one speed, 150 percent, and he makes things happen at 6-0, 200 — though he’ll probably play at 205 in the fall.

I think in recruiting there are football players who don’t measure up for size or speed but they bring everything else, and sometimes that gets overlooked. Brossette is not a big guy but plays big and runs well and reads and reacts on the field as good as anyone in high school at making tackles in space.

Brossette has a hand time of 4.62 in the 40 (which is really good) and he looks faster on the field. He is a ‘manchild’ in the weight room with a bench press max of 275, squat max of 410 and clean max of 265.

Here’s my opinion of Brossette’s college football potential. I think he can sign with an FCS program as an athlete to play either linebacker or strong safety or could walk-on to an FBS school as a linebacker or strong safety, or sign with a Division II or Division III school. I think he can play at Tulane, ULM, ULL and Louisiana Tech, all FBS schools, if given an opportunity.

I’ve been watching football in this state since 1988 and have seen all the Byrd teams since 1988. He’s one of the best linebackers at Byrd I have seen.

He also has another option: he’s a returning all-district baseball player and will have an option of either going baseball or football at the next level.

Brossette lettered as a freshman in football, which is very rare at Byrd, and he’ll be a three-year starter in 2022. I first saw him play early on when he wore Jersey No. 44 and now has Jersey No. 9.

Byrd head coach Stacy Ballew thinks Brossette is one of the best to ever play at Byrd.

“I’ve coached linebackers at Byrd for many years, and we’ve been blessed with a lot of great players,” said Ballew. “Brooks Brossette is at or near the top of the list. He has tremendous instincts and a high intensity motor.

“But the things that separate him from others, the things that make him great, are his speed and intensity, but particularly his speed. He plays with an edge but it’s his speed that allows him to get to the ball and make a tackle. Brooks led the team with 106 tackles last year in 2021, with 10 tackles for losses and one interception.”

He definitely has the mindset that makes him such a memorable defensive player to watch.

“I love football because I like hitting ball carriers for four quarters straight and not being punished for it,” said Brossette.

Notes on Brooks Brossette: He carries a 3.6 GPA in the classroom and scored a 24 on the ACT.

As for hobbies, he told me he loves to fish any chance he gets.

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