MSU adds transfer safety Kendall Brooks


Michigan State cornerbacks coach Harlon Barnett/ Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

Nathan Stearns, Football Beat Reporter

EAST LANSING—Michigan State has now acquired six transfers via the transfer portal. 

Safety Kendall Brooks, a former player for Division II North Greenville University, transferred to Michigan State on Jan. 10. Brooks entered the transfer portal on Dec. 12, and he will have three years of eligibility left. As with the other transfers, Brooks will be able to take part in winter conditioning and spring practice.

Brooks played in nine total games for the Crusaders in 2018; he made 22 total tackles, including one tackle for loss and a fumble recovery. In 2019, he registered 56 tackles and two pass deflections. Brooks had an exceptionally strong performance against Division I Western Carolina in 2019, as he compiled eight tackles. 

Overall, Brooks played in 19 career games with North Greenville to go along with 78 tackles, two pass deflections and a fumble recovery. The Crusaders had losing records in the two seasons that Brooks spent there.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, North Greenville postponed its football season back on Aug. 12.

Brooks is originally from Swansea, South Carolina and played for Swansea High School. He will help provide depth to a Spartan secondary that desperately needs more experienced playmakers.  With the return of safety Xavier Henderson and Michael Dowell, Brooks may slide over to cornerback and compete for a rotational role with other newcomers such as 3-star recruits Charles Brantley, Antoine Booth and Steffan Johnson.