Mississippi State’s pursuit of Louisiana recruits was taken up a notch over the weekend.
The Bulldogs poached cornerback Greg Brooks Jr. following an unofficial visit to campus on Saturday. Brooks, a versatile defensive back, is ranked as a 4-star cornerback by Rivals.com.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound prospect from West Jefferson (La.) High School in New Orleans, is the 16th member of Mississippi State’s 2019 recruiting class. More so, Brooks is the second Louisiana recruit in the group, joining 3-star Destrehan (La.) wide receiver Quinton Torbor. Mississippi State is currently the favorite for 4-star Louisiana tailback John Emery Jr. as well.
Brooks is the third defensive back in the class, joining 4-star in-state safety Jarrian Jones and 3-star Alabama cornerback D.J. James. Overall, Mississippi State’s class ranks No. 8 in the nation, per the 247Sports composite rankings.
Brooks selected Mississippi State over Ole Miss, Kentucky, Tennessee and Tulane, among others. LSU had shown interest in the cornerback, but Brooks opted to visit Starkville, Miss., on Friday and Saturday with his family instead of camping at LSU.
His father, Greg Brooks Sr., played collegiately at Michigan and then Southern Miss before spending multiple seasons in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals.