Clemson RB Zac Brooks to enter NFL, forego graduate transfer

Clemson Tigers senior running back Zac Brooks will graduate this spring and then try his luck on the NFL level rather than try and transfer to another program, according to David Hood of TigerNet.

It’s an interesting decision on Brooks’ part, as he missed all of 2014 due to injury and could have been listed as a junior this season. But he has opted not to and is insisting that this year with Clemson will be his last. Brooks further explained his decision.

“That is something that I decided a little after fall camp this year. I went and talked to Coach (Dabo) Swinney and I let him know I just want to make this my senior year,” Brooks said Tuesday in the WestZone. “I’m graduating this year and I just felt like it was the best decision for me, due to the fact the way my career has been in the past and going forward. No, I’m not going to another school. I’m going to try the NFL. All of this is subject to change, it’s just a discussion that I had with Coach Swinney and it’s just something that I just wanted to put in for myself as an insurance policy.”

Brooks, a former four-star recruit out of Jonesboro, Arkansas, could be taking something of a risk if he opts to go to the NFL immediately. He has rushed for just 529 yards and five touchdowns in his time with the Tigers, adding in 13 catches for 158 yards and three scores, and those numbers aren’t going to turn many NFL scouts’ heads unless Brooks goes to the combine and just knocks everyone’s socks off. He may be ready to turn pro now, but he could truly benefit from being a graduate transfer if he wants to get the most out of a potential NFL career.

Brooks also said that his decision was subject to change, so Campus Sports will update his status as new information becomes available.

Clemson looks to remain undefeated when it visits Syracuse on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 12:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

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