By Otis Kirk
Arkansas has added Harvey (La.) West Jefferson cornerback Gregory Brooks Jr. to its list of recruits inked in the early signing period.
Brooks, 5-10, 178, committed to Mississippi State on June 23, but continued to entertain offers from the Hogs and others. Brooks had narrowed his decision down to Kansas State, Kansas and Southern Miss in addition to the Razorbacks and Bulldogs.
He signed with Arkansas at 1 p.m. today and became the 20th member of the class. He visited Arkansas officially on the Nov. 10 weekend when the Razorbacks faced LSU. He said at the time the visit helped the Hogs.
“It was good,” Brooks said. “I was really impressed. I like it a lot.”
What was so good about it?
“It just opened my eyes a lot,” Brooks said. “A lot of different ways. I thought it was gonna be country here. It showed me different and I had fun.”
Brooks said the other recruits at Arkansas for the LSU game who were already committed made him feel as if he was already part of the family.
Brooks was recruited by Ron Cooper, Mark Smith and John Chavis. He joins Rison cornerback Malik Chavis as a defensive back signing early in this class.
The Hogs hold commitments from Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman cornerback Adonis Otey, New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr cornerback Devin Bush and Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson safety Myles Brooks. The Hogs also are a finalist for Mansfield (Texas) Legacy safety Jalen Catalon. He’s also looking at Texas, TCU and Oklahoma in addition to the Hogs.
Arkansas’ Early Signing Class
KJ Jefferson, QB, Sardis (Miss.) North Panola
Trey Knox, WR, Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman
Shamar Nash, WR, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy
T.Q. Jackson, WR, Jefferson (Texas)
Brady Latham, OL, Jenks (Okla.)
Dylan Rathcke, OL, Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab
Beaux Limmer, OL, Tyler (Texas) Lee
Ricky Stromberg, OL, Tulsa (Okla.) Union
Myron Cunningham, OL, Iowa Central Community College
Chibueze Nwanna, OL, Lackawanna (Pa.) Community College
Taurean Carter, DL, Mansfield (Texas) Legacy
Enoch Jackson, DL, Mansfield (Texas) Legacy
Zach Williams, DL, Joe T. Robinson
Marcus Miller, DL, Warren
Collin Clay, DL, Putnam City (Okla.)
Eric Gregory, DL, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy
Mataio Soli, DL, Douglasville (Ga.) Douglas County
Zach Zimos, LB, Richmond (Texas) Fort Bend Travis
Malik Chavis, CB, Rison
Gregory Brooks Jr., CB, Harvey (La.) West Jefferson