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Breaking: Garrison Brooks requests release from Mississippi State

Mississippi State reportedly has lost a member of their 2017 recruiting class after reports that Garrison Brooks has requested a release.

NCAA Basketball: South Carolina at Mississippi State Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

What seemed to be a quiet period for hoops recruiting has now come with a surprise.

4-Star PF signee Garrison Brooks has reportedly requested a full release from his LOI to Mississippi State.

Brooks, the son of current and longtime Mississippi State assistant coach George Brooks, was a big addition to the Bulldog’s early signing period. The 6-9 big man was expected to come right in to compete for minutes and make a big impact during his freshman campaign.

The Auburn, Alabama native chose the Bulldogs over North Carolina and the hometown team, so it would not be a surprise for the Tar Heels or the Tigers to be in the mix should he be released.

With this loss, expect Howland to aggressively go after a big man or two with the new available scholarship. A graduate-transfer would fill a void down low to go along with Schnider Herard, Aric Holman, and Abdul Ado.

Mississippi State’s 2017 class still has 5-star signee Nick Weatherspoon and Lawrence County PF Keyshawn Feazell solidly in the fold.

With Howland’s track record, he deserves the benefit of the doubt and I expect him to make up for this recruiting class. Stay tuned to FWtCT for updates on the situation, who the Bulldogs will look to go after, and the recruiting cycle as a whole.