A 1977 graduate of Creighton Prep, Brooks won five gold medals at the state track meet in 1976 and 1977. He set the state record in the 110-meter high hurdles (13.7 seconds). That record still stands. He also posted the all-time fastest time in the 180-yard low hurdles and was a second-team all-state selection in football. Brooks was a four-year track letterman and national qualifier at Nebraska. He was the Big 8 60-yard high hurdle and 110-meter high hurdle champion in 1981.