Recruiting comes in waves, offers come in waves, and so do commitments. For much of the 2022 recruiting process, Ohio Stsate had their cornerback board set. They had their targets and even landed three commitments from five-star Jaheim Singletary, four-star Jyaire Brown, and three-star Ryan Turner. However, Ohio State has had their eyes set on taking four cornerbacks this cycle to replenish a depleted room, which led to them issuing more offers after some of their targets headed elsewhere.
One prospect that received a recent offer was four-star prospect Terrance Brooks out of Little Elm High School (TX). Ohio State offered Brooks on June 14th and just over two weeks later he has committed to the Buckeyes today.
The son of former Texas A&M and San Francisco defensive back Chet Brooks, Terrance has lived up to his strong bloodlines becoming a top 100 player in his class and a top 10 cornerback in the country. The Scoop Top 100 Rankings has him checking in at 67th overall.
As for Brooks on the field of play, he has good size at 6-foot and 190 pounds. He also has a lot of natural speed and athleticism, having been timed at 11.25 in the 100 meter and 23.27 in the 200 meter dash during his high school career. With that athleticism, speed, and size Brooks has a lot of the traits Ohio State looks for in their cornerbacks for the Buckeyes heavy cover one and three scheme.
Finally, when it came to Brooks recruitment he had offers from all over the country. Forty of them to be exact, including the likes of Notre Dame, Clemson, LSU, and his father’s alma mater Texas A&M. And when the calendar flipped to June and visits opened up he could only take five officials like everyone else. As a result, Brooks visited Oregon, Florida, Texas, Alabama, and of course Ohio State.
That official visit to Columbus combined with Kerry Coombs’ track record as a developer — especially with Texas prospects like Jeff Okudah — is likely what led Brooks to pick the Buckeyes. For more on Brooks’ commitment to Ohio State, Buckeye Scoop’s Marc Givler caught up with his father Chet.
“One of the things that really stood out to us on the visit was the kids that we spoke with and how they feel about the program,” Chet told Buckeye Scoop. “Just some of the players we spoke with and the things that they said about the program. Also the coaching staff all seemed to be on the same page and I think they had a pretty good presentation setup for him. He doesn’t care about the bells and whistles and all of that, he’s a football kid and so they had a really good presentation for him.”
As for what that presentation entails for Terrance and his family, the Buckeye coaches no doubt talked about his fit and the potential for early playing time in Columbus. Both of which were things that made Ohio State the pick according to the elder Brooks.
“They see him with the ability to play corner but he has that position flexibility to play nickel or safety.” the elder Brooks said. “Ohio State hit all of the boxes that he was interested in. The opportunity to play early, the opportunity to graduate early, as well as the relationships with the players. Those were some of the major things that he was looking at.”
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