The UB offense has established itself as one of the more explosive units in the Mid American Conference. A solid running game is a big part of that but the Bulls have relied on a stable of fantastic receivers. Wideouts who are tall and physical enough to command the space around them.
While Buffalo is Losing Anthony Johnson they still have KJ Osborn and other solid players returning for 2019. Lance Leipold has also started to restock the cupboards with the likes of Lockport’s Malik Brooks.
Brooks is a 6-2 (or 6-3 if you ask his coach), 180 pound receiver who despite setting area records flew mostly under the radar until late in the recruiting season.
Brooks sat out his junior year with an injury, but he lit up the boards this past season. Malik’s eight game senior campaign ended with 47 receptions for 1,244 yards and 13 touchdowns on the season.
The Bulls saw something in Brooks and saw it just before several other teams. The Lockport Journal reported that in the days after his UB verbal commitment several other colleges sent offers. UB Offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki was a big part of drawing Brooks to Amherst.
Brooks also saw a lot in the Bulls.
Bull Run took the time for a quick Q/A with the prospect and he noted that UB’s passing offense lines up with exactly what he wants.
Being from Lockport he will have the experience of playing college ball in front of his friends and family, and has already formed relationships with some of the other local Bulls.
During the recruiting process Brooks spent a lot of time in the process with fellow Western New Yorker Dylan Mcduffie.
The recruiting hub 247 tabs Brooks as a high three star recruit, the fourth best high school senior in New York State, and the best in Western New York.
This is one area that the Bulls have had trouble with in the past, grabbing those top tier local athletes who have often went to other schools.