FPD quarterback Brooks Stroud is one of those high school football players who hopes to play at the next level, but how high that next level is still to be determined.
Stroud is 6 feet tall, 185 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds, which is comparable to Aaron Murrays time at Georgia.
As a two-year starting quarterback at FPD (he also started as a cornerback his sophomore season), he led the Vikings to a 15-8 record and back-to-back appearances in the GHSA Class A playoffs, where they were eliminated by Bremen last year and Landmark Christian this year.
In two years as the Vikings signal caller, Stroud rushed for 1,830 yards and 31 touchdowns while also passing for 2,234 yards and 23 scores with only nine interceptions. He was also the teams punter, averaging 32 yards per kick. Stroud missed the Vikings final two regular season games this season after suffering a concussion in a game against Wilkinson County. Stroud was an honorable mention all-state selection as a junior.
Stroud attended the Nike Sparq Combine last summer in Atlanta along with 1,400 other players and caught the eye of several college coaches. While he has yet to receive a firm scholarship offer, he has drawn interest from the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, Wofford and Georgia Tech and has visited all four institutions.
There is one constant in the four schools that have shown interest in Stroud, and that is they all utilize a option-type offensive scheme. Stroud is also considering Mercers non-scholarship program that begins play next fall.
Even if a scholarship offer doesnt come, Stroud could get a preferred walk-on designation. He wants to attend a college that is good academically and operates from a run-based offense. His academic qualifications will get him into most schools. He has a 4.0 GPA that includes advanced placement courses and already has scored a 1,200 on the SAT (the NCAA counts only the reading and math portions when determining eligibility).
Although he has been playing football since he was in the second grade, starting at Gilead before transferring to FPD as a sixth grader, Stroud said he didnt think about playing collegiately until last year. In fact, basketball was originally his favorite sport, but not now.
I have always loved football, and there is nothing like Friday nights, Stroud said. Playing in the Georgia High School Association has provided some really good competition. The type (of) offense a school runs will influence my decision where I go, but I am also looking for a good academic institution.
One of Strouds biggest fans is his high school head coach, Greg Moore, who just completed his 13th season in that position at FPD.
Brooks can play at the next level, Moore said. He is incredibly athletic, very strong and very intelligent. He is an instinctive and reactive football player. He is very comfortable running the option. Any team that gives him a shot wont regret it. Not only will they be getting a great person and player, they also get a great family for their program.
In addition to playing football and basketball for the Vikings, Stroud is also a member of the schools baseball and golf teams.
There are a lot of Brooks Stroud type players in the Macon and Middle Georgia area that would like to play college football, and hopefully they will get the opportunity.
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