4-Star ILB Ellis Brooks Commits To Penn State Nittany Lions

    Four-star inside linebacker Ellis Brooks committed to Penn State on Monday, giving the Nittany Lions 19 total commits in the 2017 recruiting class.

    January 30, 2017

    Four-star inside linebacker Ellis Brooks committed to Penn State on Monday, giving the Nittany Lions 19 total commits in the 2017 recruiting class. 


    There is a lot to gain from securing a conference title, and James Franklin’s staff is taking full advantage of their Big Ten championship on the recruiting trail.

    On Monday, the Nittany Lions picked up their 19th commitment when 4-star prospect Ellis Brooks committed to Penn State. The Richmond, Virginia native chose the Nittany Lions over LSU, Maryland, Northwestern and Oregon.

    Brooks, who’s ranked as the No. 15 inside linebacker in the country and the No. 1 inside linebacker in the state of Virginia, originally committed to Duke on March 24 but backed off that pledge on May 20.

    At one time, it looked as though D.J. Durkin’s Terrapins would wind up with his commitment. However, Penn State offered Brooks on Jan. 22, and both Franklin and defensive coordinator Brent Pry spent an in-home visit with Brooks’ family last Wednesday before getting the 4-star linebacker on campus for an official visit this past weekend. That helped seal the deal on Brooks’ future in Happy Valley.

    At 6-foot-1, 225 lbs Brooks will fit in nicely to the Penn State defense. He moves naturally from his inside linebacker spot and can detect running lanes instantly before plugging it and laying a bone-crushing hit on the ball carrier. That’s one of Brooks’ most notable tools: his ability to hit hard. He’s a physical linebacker who takes great angles to the ball, and he should develop quickly with Pry leading the way.

    Note: Scout rankings and ratings used in this article.

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