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Cornerback Eli Ricks announces new number for Alabama via Twitter

Eli Ricks (#1) for LSU in his cornerback stance during 2021 game versus Mississippi State
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Elias “Eli” Ricks is now at the University of Alabama.

A native of California, he is one of two transfers the Crimson Tide pulled from the portal. Ricks was a five-star cornerback in the 2020 recruiting cycle. He chose Louisiana State University and made an impact as a freshman. Ricks had a team-high four interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns. He also totaled 20 tackles and five pass breakups for the Tigers.

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A shoulder injury limited him to six games this year. He posted 11 tackles, a pass breakup, and an interception.

The 6-foot-2, 196-pounder got introduced to Alabama’s indoor pool and announced his new number on Twitter.

Ricks will wear No. 7 for the Crimson Tide. Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson donned No. 7 as LSU legends.

Jay Barker (quarterback), Kenny Bell (wide receiver), and Trevon Diggs (cornerback) wore No. 7 for Alabama. Barker won a national championship in 1992. Bell won three national titles (2009, 2011-12) and Diggs won a College Football Playoff National Championship in 2017. Diggs leads the National Football League for interceptions (10) and is headed to his first Pro Bowl.

Ja’Corey Brooks, a freshman, is trying to become a legend with the number. He caught a 28-yard touchdown versus Auburn in the Iron Bowl to tie the game at 10.

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Brooks’ play sent the matchup into four overtimes, and the Tide earned a 24-22 victory.

Crimson Tide fans are excited to see what Ricks brings to the secondary.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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