#88 Phillip Brooks
Redshirt Freshman | 5-7 | 165 lbs. | Lee’s Summit, Missouri
- Position: Wide Receiver
- Previous College: None
- Projection: Second-String
- Status: Preferred Walk-On
Phillip Andrew Brooks III (b. Sept. 19, 1999) is a promising young wide receiver who played in four games in 2018, enough to preserve his redshirt season while still gaining experience.
Brooks returned three kickoffs for an 18.7-yard average and one punt for 6 yards. His best game as a kickoff returner was against Texas Tech — he had two returns for 44 total yards.
A four-year letter-winner at Lee’s Summit High School West under head coach Vinny Careswell, Brooks was named to the USA Today Sports All-USA Missouri team, as well as the Missouri Football Coaches Association All-State first team as a senior in 2017.
He rushed for 1,666 yards (averaging 151.5 yards per game) and 21 touchdowns as a senior, while he collected 556 receiving yards (a 23.2-yard average per game) and 10 touchdowns, and also totaled 262 return yards and a score.
A two-time first-team all-conference and all-district pick, in addition to being named to The Kansas City Star All-Metro team, Brooks was invited to play in the Blue-Grey All-American game.
He also lettered three years in baseball, earning a pair of all-state honors, and four years in basketball, picking up two all-district accolades.
Brooks walked on with the Wildcats over offers from Air Force, Idaho, Navy and North Dakota, as well as interest from home-state team Missouri.