Sam Pittman praises Arkansas transfers Greg Brooks Jr., Joe Foucha

In a bizarre turn of events, LSU and Arkansas each landed two transfers from each other’s schedule this offseason. Even without considering conference affiliation, this unintended two-for-two exchange is rare. Within a division, it’s an odd coincidence that will provide another fun layer to this year’s rivalry game between the two SEC West programs slated for Nov. 12 in Arkansas. At the SEC Media Days on Wednesday, the Arkansas coach Sam Pitman was asked what LSU gets in cornerback Greg Brooks Jr. and security Joe Fouchaboth classified as four-star transfers.

“Two beautiful children,” Pittman said. “Those who have never had any problems have given their all for the University of Arkansas. We are very, very happy to have them on our football team. They will work hard. They are good children. This are good players. Certainly when you go to the same division it’s more difficult. But great kids, great parents. Coach (Brian) Kelly has two very good football players.

Brooks was a three-star prospect in the 2019 class who the industry-ranked 247Sports Composite rated as a four-star rookie. The Harvey (La.) West Jefferson product returns to his home state in hopes of carving out an immediate role for the Tigers after playing in all 13 games for Arkansas last season while making 47 tackles and one interception.

Foucha was another productive player for the Hogs who started every game in 2021, producing 75 tackles — 7.5 for loss — to go with two picks. Like Brooks, Foucha is a Louisiana native of New Orleans’ McDonogh 35; he was a three-star prospect in the 2018 class.

Arkansas, on the other hand, landed the cornerback Dwight McGlothern and defender of the edges landon jackson from LSU. Both classified as four-star transfers; McGlothern played in nine games last year while contributing 32 tackles, five pass breakups and one interception, while Jackson is a massive defensive end who played five special teams games after joining Baton Rouge as a top-150 rookie in the 2021 class.

Pittman said he thinks the two former Tigers will help fill in the major holes.

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“For us, Dwight McGlothern is a guy we think can play man-to-man corner coverage,” Pittman said. “Most importantly, he thinks he can play man-to-man corner coverage (smile). He can. It is long. I love her so much. landon jackson came with an injury. Wonderful person, wonderful child. He’s just healthy now. He can run. I mean, he can run run. Long. We didn’t necessarily feel like LSU, but we felt like some of our issues were rushing the passer as a defensive end and a coverage, man-to-man corner coverage situation. Not that we didn’t have them, but we needed more. We felt like we were doing well with those two guys in the portal.”

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