Arkansas transfer defensive back Greg Brooks committed to LSU, he announced. The former West Jefferson standout entered the NCAA Transfer Portal this month after starting plenty of games for the SEC West program.
In 2021, the Harvey, La. native played in all 13 games, totaling 48 tackles, including 23 solo, 2.5 tackles for loss, one interception, four pass breakups, two quarterback hurries and a pair of recovered fumbles.
Heading into the 2021 season, Brooks played in 21 games, including 20 starts. Brooks notched 64 tackles, 35 solo, three tackles for loss, three interceptions, three quarterback hurries and seven pass breakups.
Coming out of high school in 2019, Brooks was a four-star prospect on the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He ranked as the No. 332 overall prospect in the country, No. 30 overall cornerback in the nation and No. 16 prospect in Louisiana.
He announced he was leaving Sam Pittman’s program with two years of eligibility remaining.
“First, I want to thank God for all of the blessings that I have received, without him I wouldn’t be in this position,” Brooks said in his post on Twitter. “I also want to thank Coach Coop and Coach Morris for allowing me to be a part of this program, and Coach Pitt and his staff for believing in me when I didn’t even believe in myself. I’ve made countless memories at the University of Arkansas and they will never be forgotten.
“With that being said, my family and I think that the best decision for me is to enter the transfer portal with 2 years of eligibility left. The story is already written. Thank you, Arkansas.”
For Brian Kelly and his coaching staff, Brooks is a part of building from the transfer portal, which the staff doesn’t want to rely on longer than necessary. Kelly knows LSU’s roster needs immediate help.
“In this instance, unfortunately, from my perspective, I would love to build everything through your freshmen class and develop your football team that way,” Kelly said during the Texas Bowl broadcast on ESPN, “But we are going to have to use the transfer portal and this will have to be a transitional build this first year through the transfer portal, but moving forward, I want to build this football team through your freshmen players that you bring in an you develop, but we’re going to have to use the transfer portal so it is a little easier.”
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