We recently detailed Penn State's struggles in recruiting the linebacker position, which became even more notable with Dylan Rivers' flip to Virginia Tech. Give James Franklin and his staff credit for this one, though -- they identified Ellis Brooks and put on the full-court press. Now the four-star inside linebacker from Richmond is on his way to Happy Valley.
The Brooks File
- Class: 2017
- Size: 6'2/233 lbs.
- Pos: Linebacker
- School: Benedictine (Richmond, Va.)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★ (0.9099)
- Composite Rank: No. 269 (No. 13 MLB)
Brooks originally committed to Duke but later reopened his recruitment. He eventually received offers from major programs throughout the country and narrowed his choices to Maryland, Oregon, Northwestern, and LSU. Brooks recently started in the Under Armour All-American game, where he was coached by LaVar Arrington. That probably didn't hurt.
After a visit to Happy Valley this past weekend, the four-star inside linebacker had seen enough and was able to pull the trigger for Penn State on Monday.
Michael Clark from Scout describes Brooks as a cerebral and explosive playmaker, quick to diagnose a play and blow it up when he arrives. So one could say he plays with a little bit of Duke/Northwestern and a little bit of LSU. Seems like a good formula.
Brooks is the 19th member of Penn State's class of 2017, which is now ranked No. 13 according to the 247Sports Composite, right ahead of Miami, and just behind Tennessee's 28 member class. He also pushes the Lions' blue chip ratio to over 52%.