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Devin Brooks, top uncommitted Oregon prospect, focusing on 3 — Oregon, USC and Washington

2024 Clackamas offensive lineman Devin Brooks is coming off a visit to USC; Oregon and Washington are up next

It's early in the 2024 recruiting cycle, but Clackamas junior Devin Brooks has established himself as the state's top uncommitted player.

Both Lakeridge wide receiver/tight end Joey Olsen (USC) and North Medford tight end A.J. Pugliano (Oregon) are already committed, and the 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive lineman is the "next man up."

As attention turns to the 2024 class, Brooks has already shifted recruitment primarily into a three team race — Oregon, USC and Washington.

That unofficial "cut" would all-but-eliminate offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Miami  

"I'm narrowing down my list now, narrowing down my official visits," he said. "I'm kind of down to Oregon, USC and U-Dub. There are still some schools in there that I would like to maybe take another official visit to see what it would be like. But I'm pretty solid on my top 3." 

Over the weekend, Brooks took an unofficial visit to USC and came away impressed by what Lincoln Riley is building.

"The visit was amazing," he said. "I really enjoyed being down there in L.A. Coach Riley and coach (Josh) Henson are two really great guys and know al to about football. I saw them this week. They came to my school to pop in and say hi. They are making sure the connection is genuine between us." 

That USC visit changed his outlook on the Trojans.

"USC has definitely moved up from that visit," he said. "Going into that visit I was a little weary about 'SC, because I had never been down to L.A. or seen the area. After I go to Oregon and U-Dub, I'm going to be doing some rethinking, re-evaluating." 

This weekend, Brooks intends to visit Eugene in the hopes of connecting more fully to the new staff. 

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"My relationship is pretty good with Oregon," he said. "Coach (Adrian) Klemm and coach (Dan) Lanning, they try to come down here as much as they can. They came down a couple of weeks ago. I'm keeping in touch a lot and I'm going to be there this weekend to touch base with the new coaching staff." 

Washington will get a visit next week, and Brooks is eager to get a closer look at a Kalen DeBoer-led program.

"I'm going to be at Washington next week for their Junior Day," he said. "I have a lot of trust and belief in the Washington program that if I went there I would be developed into the high-level player that they try to push." 

Brooks intends to take his unofficial visits this week, then a trio of official visits in the early summer. 

"I'd like to spread them out a little bit - maybe one in May, two in June so I can go my team camp," he said. "Then have a decision in late June or July." 

Both Oregon and Washington project Brooks to a guard position, while USC told him he could play either guard or center at the collegiate level.

Brooks doesn't have a preference on position.

And so far, he doesn't seem to have a preference between his three finalists.

But that may change in the coming weeks.

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