Whitehouse's Nate Brooks has the option to stay in East Texas with Stephen F. Austin extending a scholarship offer to the talented defensive back on Tuesday.

Brooks confirmed via his Twitter account the Lumberjacks have joined the chase for him alongside Louisiana Tech and North Texas. Its his first opportunity from the FCS level.

It's been a long time since the corner and part-time safety entertained a new football opportunity. He received his second offer on Aug. 3, 2013.

In that time, he's been able to improve his game tremendously. He helped the Wildcats to the third round of the 4A Division II playoffs and put together a new highlight film featuring multiple interceptions, pass breakups and plenty of hard hits.

Brooks lists himself as presently 6-foot-1 and 150 pounds.

That's a great height for a cornerback and gives him some versatility to move into a safety spot if his future college coaches so wish. He's near the bottom of the recruitable scale weight wise, but he has plenty of time to put on some good weight both in high school and then again once he's with a college football training staff.

He recorded a 37.8 inch vertical jump at the 2013 ETSN.fm Recruiting Combine and did not participate in the 2014 combine.

Brooks has a few signatures.

He loves contact with receivers in the open field. The defensive back also is a fiery player his teammates can turn to when they need an emotional spark.

Whitehouse's secondary will be more than formidable this fall. Brooks will be joined in the backfield by Texas A&M commit Justin Dunning.

Stephen F. Austin competes in the Southland Conference with Abilene Christian, Houston Baptist, Incarnate Word, Lamar, Sam Houston State, Central Arkansas, McNeese State, Nicholls State, Northwestern State, Southeastern Louisiana.

The Jacks enter the 2014 season with Clint Conque as its head coach. He was the head coach at Central Arkansas from 2000 through 2013 and oversaw that program's transition from Division II to Division I.

Conque's 2011 and 2012 Central Arkansas teams made it to the second round of the FCS playoffs.