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Monday, December 27, 2021 10:50 pm

Purdue running back transfer Brooks backs off commitment to Boilers

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Christopher Brooks, a California running back who announced Dec. 15 he would transfer to Purdue, backed off that commitment this afternoon, according to multiple reports. 

Brooks was one of the likeliest immediate contributors out of Purdue's eight transfer portal additions since the end of the regular season. He had more than 1,000 total yards and 12 touchdowns in 2019 with the Bears and added 600 rushing yards and four scores in 2021 on 5.2 yards per carry, plus 19 catches for 131 yards and three more touchdowns. 

The Boilermakers are not particularly thin at running back, but they might jump back into the portal to try to add some depth. They're losing All-Big Ten back Zander Horvath, who has spent a chunk of the 2021 campaign at less than 100%. In his absence, King Doerue has stepped up to total 644 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns, including 488 rushing yards on 3.9 yards per carry. He'll be back next season and will battle for the RB1 job with Indiana transfer Sampson James, who was a four-star recruit out of high school and played two seasons with the Hoosiers before moving to West Lafayette prior to this season. James transferred after the immediate eligibility deadline this summer and the NCAA refused to give him a waiver to play in 2021, limiting him to lining up in practice, where the Boilermakers liked what they saw.

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