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Ellis Brooks Decommits from Duke: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMay 20, 2016

Photo credit: 247sports

Highly touted linebacker prospect Ellis Brooks reopened his recruitment Friday and announced his decision to decommit from Duke.

The Richmond, Virginia, native made it official with the following tweet:

Ellis Brooks @EllisBrooks35

Hereby reopening my recruitment after careful consideration with my family https://t.co/wcKlhEidkX

Brooks is rated as a 4-star recruit by 247sports, and he is No. 16 ranked linebacker, No. 7 ranked player from the state of Virginia and No. 230 overall prospect in the 2017 class.

Bleacher Report's Tyler Donohue expects Brooks to have no shortage of options now that he is available once again:

Tyler Donohue @TDsTake

4-star LB Ellis Brooks decommits from Duke. Interest will be very high for the Virginia recruit. https://t.co/KVpmiQsAAv

Brooks initially committed to Duke in March and seemed thrilled with his decision to do so at the time, according to Scout.com (h/t USA Today High School Sports):

I have a great relationship with the coaches and players. It's also a great school academically. And I was their top target and they wanted me more than anyone else. It just feels like home and I feel the most comfortable there.

I'm very excited about my decision. The recruiting process is fun and I'm thankful for all the opportunities, but it can be stressful. Now, I can just focus on football and winning another state championship.

The Benedictine High School standout received offers from several other high-profile schools, including Notre Dame, Michigan, Virginia, Virginia Tech and South Carolina, per247sports.

Brooks has ideal size at 6'2" and 233 pounds, and he is coming off an extremely productive 2015 season that saw him register 117 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and six sacks, according to 247sports.

His stock is very much on the rise, and while Duke isn't necessarily out of the running yet, Brooks has plenty to consider.

Should the Blue Devils fail to get his commitment back for 2017, losing him could be a major blow to the program, especially if he goes on to realize his potential at another ACC school.

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