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Marcel Brooks enters NCAA Transfer Portal

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Former five-star linebacker appears to be on his way out of Baton Rouge

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LSU got an unfortunate surprise Friday evening as sophomore linebacker Marcel Brooks entered his name into the NCAA Transfer portal. The news was first reported by Geaux247’s Shea Dixon.

Brooks may now be contacted by coaches at any other university about transferring. Brooks does maintain the right to remove his name from the portal and stay at LSU.

Brooks appeared in 11 games last season and was an emerging pass rushing threat. The safety/linebacker hybrid recorded eight tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks as a freshman. Brooks was thought to be a starting linebacker for the 2020 season.

Brooks, a five-star prospect out of Flower Mound, Texas, came to LSU after playing safety, linebacker and wide receiver in high school. Brooks was asked to become a full-time linebacker in spring practice to help compensate for LSU losing K’Lavon Chaisson, Patrick Queen, Jacob Phillips and Michael Divinity.

The reporting surrounding Brooks entering the transfer portal suggest it’s for personal reasons. The speculation is Brooks will wind up closer to home, perhaps at TCU or Baylor and reunite with former Tiger defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.