As if this recruiting period heading up to the early signing day couldn’t get any crazier.....
Texas has not only successfully recruited some of the top talent in the country, but they’ve also managed to flip some of the top recruits as well. Early in the morning three-star edge rusher, Ethan Burke flipped from Michigan to Texas. The latest to make the flip to the Longhorns? Terrance Brooks.
Brooks, a four-star cornerback via the 247Sports Composite, was originally an Ohio State commit since the end of June. However, as signing day quickly approached, rumblings came out that Brooks could have second thoughts. Those rumblings have now been confirmed as Brooks is now signed as a Texas Longhorn.
The newest Longhorn is the 59th ranked player in the nation overall, the tenth-ranked player in the state of Texas, and the 8th ranked player at his position for this recruiting cycle.
Brooks as a sophomore played for John Paul II in Plano. Anchoring the defense, he had three interceptions and helped John Paul II finish as the runners-up in the TAPPS D1 bracket. As a junior, he and John Paul II once again made a run at a championship but fell short in the second round. As a senior, he transferred to Little Elm High School where he and the Lobos finished 5-5.
As a junior, he ran track posting times of 11.25 and 23.27 seconds in the 100 and 200-meter dash respectively. He’s an amazing athlete and an even better cornerback. This staff has done it again.
Name: Terrance Brooks
High School: Little Elm
City, State: Little Elm, TX
Three Best Traits
Length and Wingspan - Brooks has a ridiculously long wingspan. It’s shocking he’s not a stud on the basketball court with that length. It allows him to be able to match up with anyone in coverage regardless of his own height.
Nickel Coverage - Brooks is a special corner. He can lock you up and sit back in a zone beautifully. He strikes fear in opposing wide receivers with his in-your-face style of play. If the ball is thrown his way, more likely than not he’s getting a hand on it. While he can lock up most whoever, he’s especially effective as an elite nickel corner. Look for him to take away every team’s best slot wide receiver at the next level.
Speed - Good luck beating Brooks over the top. He’s a track star and played some safety his senior year. Whether it’s end zone to end zone or sideline to sideline, Brooks will stick to you like glue.
Areas for Improvement
Tackling in Pursuit - More often than not, Brooks is just knocking the ball down. He hasn’t had to rely on his pursuit and tackling skills. If he were to slip up and allow a catch or two, this is an area of his game he can improve on.
Run Coverage - Brooks is a really polished cover corner. There’s not a whole lot to improve on in his pure coverage skills. One thing he could look to improve on in order to expand his arsenal is to become an elite run stopper on the outside.
Brooks is an elite cornerback relative to his age. He has amazing ball and coverage skills, some of the best I’ve seen coming out of high school. He has the ability to become one of the better corners in recent memory for Texas. With Brooks, the Longhorns are receiving a future leader of the defense and one of the best commits for Texas this cycle.
The commitment of Brooks and others on signing day has propelled Texas to a top-five class in the nation as of this writing. He joins a pair of other cornerback commits in Jaylon Guilbeau and Ronald Lewis along with two safeties in Bryan Allen Jr. and Austin Jordan. On paper, this is one of the most impressive recruiting classes in recent memory for the Longhorns.