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.
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.
— Eli (@eliasricks) December 22, 2021
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.
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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