LSU adds second defensive back from Arkansas via NCAA transfer portal

LSU brought home another former in-state high school player looking to put an exclamation point on his career.

For the second time this week the Tigers picked up a commitment from a defensive back that had made his mark at the University of Arkansas when Greg Brooks Jr. said he was returning home to finish out his college career.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Brooks, a three-year starter at nickelback, committed to LSU on Thursday after recently entering the NCAA transfer portal. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Brooks, a native of Harvey who played at West Jefferson High School, joins fellow New Orleans native Joe Foucha, who also decided to leave Arkansas, enter the transfer portal and committed to LSU.

“I’m coming home,” Brooks said on his Twitter account.

The additions of Foucha and Brooks were of paramount importance for a depleted LSU secondary that’s scheduled to return two players – Jay Ward and Damarius McGhee – with any playing experience from the 2021 season.

The Tigers have also searched the transfer portal to pick up commitments from offensive lineman Miles Frasier and cornerback Mekhi Garner of UL-Louisiana.

Brooks finished with a career-best 48 tackles this season for Arkansas which finished the ’21 season with a 9-4 record and win over Penn State in the Outback Bowl.

Brooks was seventh overall for the Razorbacks with 48 tackles, including a high of seven on three occasions, to go with 2 ½ sacks.

He started 20 games over the course of his first two years at Arkansas with 64 tackles, three passes broken up, three interceptions (one returned for a TD) and three tackles for loss.

While at West Jefferson, Brooks was regarded as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and ESPN.com. He was rated the nation’s No. 35 cornerback and state’s No. 18 rated prospect.

His dad – Greg Brooks Sr. – played a year at Michigan and three at Southern Mississippi before being drafted in the sixth round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.

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