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SFHS_BB_Brooks_Signing Seated L-R: Todd Brooks, Kyle Brooks and mother Michele Page. Standing L-R: Santa Fe High School Athletic Director Michelle Faulk and Gatorball owner Stephen Barton.

ALACHUA – Santa Fe High School Raider Kyle Brooks made it official Tuesday as he signed a letter of intent to play baseball for the University of North Florida (UNF).  The senior will join the Ospreys after graduating in the spring.

Flanked by his parents and coaches, Brooks told a gathering of his teammates, family and friends that since he was a young child, all he wanted to do was play baseball.  The emotional athlete thanked his family, extended family, friends, teammates and coaches for their support.

Brooks’ father, Santa Fe’s head varsity baseball coach, Todd Brooks, read a poem written by the high school senior several years ago, which highlighted his love of the sport.

Todd Brooks extended his appreciation to those who had helped his son over the years, including Gatorball owner Stephen Barton.

“Without the help of so many of you, there is no way Kyle could have done what he is doing,” Brooks said.

Barton, who led the signing ceremony, said Brooks had made considerable contributions to his baseball team.

“As soon as Kyle joined my program, I knew he was going to be a special player,” said Barton.  “He is one of the best short stops I’ve seen around.”

Tuesday’s signing ceremony garnered special attention at the school as not only the baseball team, but also the football and basketball teams showed up to support their fellow athlete as he committed to UNF.

As a junior, Kyle Brooks had a batting average of .484, 35 runs batted in and 56 hits on the season.