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Pitt All 105: S Cruce Brookins Will Star in the Secondary Soon



Pitt safety Cruce Brookins.

All 105 is a Pittsburgh Sports Now series profiling each of the 105 members of the Pitt 2024 training camp roster. 

Cruce Brookins, a redshirt freshman safety from Steel Valley in Munhall, Pa.

2023 season: Brookins played in two games as a redshirt, preserving his redshirt season

Stats: Brookins recorded a solo tackle last season

Camp outlook: Brookins was the breakout star of the spring, impressing just about every coach and player in attendance. He’s going to star once again this summer as he works with the 1s and 2s in fall camp

Projected role: Brookins is landlocked by a veteran trio at safety ahead of him, but he’s talented enough to force his way onto the field. He has legitimate superstar potential down the line, and he may be good to keep off the field in 2024

Cruce Brookins (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) initially flipped his commitment from Kent State to Pitt following a late offer from the Panthers, and it’s worked out well since.

He didn’t arrive early last spring but was often in attendance to watch the Panthers work and was an instant impact performer. He broke into the defensive unit toward the end of the season, capitalizing upon strong work during the season. And he only got better throughout the spring.

“Cruce Brookins is a dude,” Pat Narduzzi said in March. “He’s going to be a really good player. We saw that at the end of the year, he started getting in and playing. He’s smart, he understands the defense and he plays with an attitude. He’s a guy that you’re going to see a lot of football next fall, for sure.”

With Javon McIntyre, Donovan McMillon and P.J. O’Brien in place at safety, it’s going to be hard to crack the starting rotation. But I wouldn’t bet against Brookins.

I’d expect to see Brookins on special teams but also when the situation calls for it defensively. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Brookins breakout in 2024 — even in just his second season in the defensive scheme.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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1 month ago

It’s puzzling why Pitt took so long to offer him a scholarship. Regardless, Glad he came to Pitt!

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