The Bulldogs’ coach doesn’t want him to leave.
Garrison Brooks, a four-star center in the 2017 class, has signed to play at Mississippi State.
The 6-foot-9, 215-pound prospect out of Alabama has decided he doesn’t want to play for the Bulldogs, though. So, he’s requested to be released from his national letter of intent.
Mississippi State head coach Ben Howland has reportedly denied his request.
Four-star center Garrison Brooks told ESPN that Mississippi State has denied his release from LOI. "Coach Howland doesn't want me to leave."
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 11, 2017
This isn’t a great look for Howland’s program.
A letter of intent is binding, but still, when a recruit wants out, it’s probably best to just let him out.
But coaches can leave when they want?
— brandon groepper (@brandongroepper) April 11, 2017
free that kid let him go if wants out. Coaches leave kids they promise all the time and nothing ever is done
— Renard buys houses (@eljefe132) April 11, 2017
@jeffborzello that's always a good look from schools 🙄
— stacey (@stlyme) April 11, 2017
What makes this especially complicated is that the recruit’s father, George Brooks, is an assistant coach on Howland’s staff. Some believe the four-star player was basically forced to commit to Mississippi State even though he didn’t want to. North Carolina was also heavily involved in his recruitment and could be a landing spot if he’s allowed to leave Mississippi State.
Update: Mississippi State has changed its mind.
More to come.