After being a member of the Georgia Tech baseball team for the past two years, North Forsyth alumnus Brody Westbrooks is transferring to Samford University, where he will have three years of collegiate eligibility left.
“It was a mix of I wanted more playing time and some things just didn’t work out at Tech,” Westbooks said. “We had a conversation this summer and decided it was probably best to part ways. I entered the transfer portal this summer and explored some options and ended up finding a great opportunity and school in Samford.”
In the meantime, Westbrooks is piecing together an impressive summer season with the Gainesville Braves, which competes in the Sunbelt Baseball League. Westbrooks is 1-0 with a 1.84 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings for a surging Braves team that has won six in a row and is currently 16-9.
Westbrooks pitched 12 2/3 innings in two seasons with the Yellow Jackets, posting a 4.97 ERA and 14 strikeouts with five walks. He gave up just two runs in 5 2/3 innings as a true freshman before the season was canceled because of COVID-19.
Before that, Westbrooks helped anchor North Forsyth's starting rotation, where he finished with a 2.88 ERA as a senior in 2019.
Samford won the Southern Conference championship last season and made the NCAA tournament in 2021 and in 2018. The Bulldogs were 13-2 before the 2020 season was canceled.
Tony Davis, Samford’s new head coach, was the associate head coach from 2006 through last season. Westbrooks said that Davis told him the team’s goal was to once again get exposure in the NCAA tournament.
“I would love to go there and earn a spot on the weekend rotation,” Westbrooks said. “Throw a lot of innings and hope to bring a region championship back to Samford again. They have a history of winning a lot, so hopefully we can continue that.”
Alongside Samford, Westbrooks was considering the University of Alabama Birmingham and Rice University in Houston, Texas. After Samford sent Westbrooks an offer he said was “hard to turn down,” he gave the other two universities their due diligence before committing to Samford.
“I came to the conclusion that I loved Samford,” Westbrooks said. “I loved their campus, the coaching staff and the facilities. I thought the opportunity they were giving me was something that I could really take advantage of and come in and have an immediate impact on the team.”
Westbrooks will link back up with Garrett Staton, his former teammate at North Forsyth, with whom Westbrooks said he was excited to get another opportunity to play. Westbrooks also knows Brayden Broome from US national team tryouts in high school, along with other transfers.
Though he originally did not expect to have to restart his college career, Westbrooks is overall excited for a new opportunity to have an impact at a successful Division I baseball program.
“There are pros and cons,” Westbrooks said. “I’m definitely excited to land in a better opportunity with a chance to throw some more. It’s hard to have to go to a new place, as it is with any new situation. There are some things I’m gonna miss at Tech, but I’m definitely excited for a new opportunity. I’m excited to get there and get to work.”