One of the early blows to Auburn’s 2021 recruiting class came in April last year when 4-star OLB Dylan Brooks committed to Tennessee over Auburn.
The major factor in that decision was his relationship with Jeremy Pruitt. The two were close and upon being assured by Phillip Fulmer that Pruitt would still be in charge next season, Brooks elected to sign early with the Vols.
Then Tennessee blew everything up. Following the firing of Jeremy Pruitt and Phillip Fulmer’s retirement, Brooks immediately wanted out of his National Letter of Intent and filed for a release with the school. The Vols have since drug their feet, hoping that Brooks might give the new staff a chance before making a final decision.
When it became clear that wouldn’t happen, Tennessee reportedly elected to free him from his NLI but block any transfers within the SEC.
Handley star and @Vol_Football signee Dylan Brooks has now been released from his Letter of Intent by @Vol_Football only under the condition he not sign with another @SEC team. Extremely petty move by @coachjoshheupel and @AD_DannyWhite. @NCAA should not allow this to happen.— Ryan Brown (@RyanBrownWJOX) February 19, 2021
That lead to some pretty heated criticism from major media outlets and some high school football coaches in the state of Alabama. Remember, this new Tennessee staff also pulled 3-star Roc Taylor’s offer the day before signing day sending his coach into a rage.
It appears the pressure worked as it’s now being reported that Dylan Brooks has been granted a complete release from his NLI and is free to transfer anywhere in the country.
JUST IN: Tennessee signee @_dylanbrooks has been released from everything. He is free to play wherever he wants.— Austin Price (@AustinPriceless) February 19, 2021
Just spoke with @_dylanbrooks: @Vol_Football assistant Rodney Garner just called him and “told me they will now allow me to transfer to any school. I’m free.”— Ryan Brown (@RyanBrownWJOX) February 19, 2021
Poor Coach G. He’s lost Brooks twice....
Now that the four star is free he can be recruited again and I fully expect Auburn to pounce on the opportunity. The Tigers are reportedly the overwhelming favorite to land Brooks’s next pledge and it wouldn’t shock me if it happened pretty quickly. His commitment would move Auburn’s 2021 class to #20 in 247 Composite’s Team Rankings.
Time to come home Dylan.