- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
Halifax County High School football standout Markee Brooks has been selected to play for the West team in the Virginia High School Coaches Association All-Star Football Game. Brooks, a senior, will play in the slot position on offense and will be a kickoff returner for the West team in the game that will be played July 9 at Darling Stadium in Hampton.
“I’m very excited,” Brooks said of having been selected to play in the game that showcases the state’s top high school football players.
“I take a lot of pride in it. Not many players get an opportunity to go and play in the all-star game. All of the hard work over the summer and during the season paid off. I’ve just got to work hard. I’ll be going up against the best players in Virginia, so I need to go to the camp and work hard.”
Former Comets head football coach Stan Hodgin said Brooks is deserving of the honor.
“It’s an honor to be selected as one of the top 40 football players in the western half of the state,” Hodgin said.
“Markee will do an outstanding job of not only representing Halifax County High School, but also representing the community, his family and his entire support group. I wish him the very best.”
Brooks, a First Team All-Western Valley District Team pick, caught 23 passes for a total of 365 yards and scored four touchdowns this past season. As a kickoff returner, Brooks had 11 kickoff returns for a total of 386 yards and one touchdown.
The Comets senior said that while he is excited about the prospect of playing in the all-star football game, his immediate focus is on baseball.
“Right now I’m playing baseball,” Brooks noted.
“After I get finished with baseball, I will be getting my footwork and routes back together so I can be ready for the all-star camp.”
Brooks is one of only a small handful of student athletes at Halifax County High School to play three sports. After a solid football senior, Brooks made good contributions to the Halifax County High School varsity boys basketball team this past season.
A good baseball player as well, Brooks is focusing now on his senior season with the Comets varsity baseball team.
“I just keep going and going, from football to basketball and then to baseball,” Brooks remarked.
“I love all three sports. I just happen to be good in all of them.”
Brooks acknowledges that playing three different sports gets tough at times.
“You’ve just got to have a love for the sport, and the dedication to do what needs to be done,” he pointed out.
Brooks said he has been busy with sports for much of his life.
“Growing up, mom signed me up for baseball, football and basketball,” Brooks explained.
“I started playing and got pretty good. I continued on through middle and high school and just kept going.”
Brooks also says that he is fortunate to have an opportunity to go to college and continue his sports career at the next level. He said Liberty University, Virginia State University, Morgan State University, Hampden-Sydney and Old Dominion University have expressed an interest in him as a football player and are among his choices.
“I’m very excited about that,” Brooks said.
“I’ve got a hard choice to make in deciding where I want to go.”
Brooks said that ideally, he would like to have the opportunity to play baseball in college as well as football.
“We’ll just have to wait and see how things go with that,” he concluded with a smile.