Defensive back has been a big need for Ohio State over the past couple years and Kerry Coombs, Matt Barnes, and the rest of the staff have certainly answered the challenge thus far about midway through the 2022 recruiting cycle.
In 2021, the Buckeyes signed six very talented prospects in JK Johnson, Jordan Hancock, Andre Turrentine, Denzel Burke, Jantzen Dunn, and Jaylen Johnson. So far in this cycle, the staff has verbal commitments from Jaheim Singletary, Jyaire Brown, Ryan Turner, Kye Stokes, and, most recently, Terrance Brooks.
Brooks is probably the biggest surprise of the group, with the Scoop 100 prospect seeming likely to go to either Alabama or Texas for quite some time but ending up in this class after announcing his commitment to the Bucks on June 30. The 4-star cornerback didn’t land an offer from OSU until June 14, deciding to take an official visit to Columbus shortly after, a trip that ultimately locked in the decision to be a Buckeye for him.
The Little Elm (TX) product spoke with Buckeye Scoop about his decision to play in Scarlet and Gray.
“Everything just felt right,” Brooks explained about why he chose Ohio State. “All of the places (I was looking at) felt really good, but Ohio State just felt better.”
As previously mentioned, the official visit played a big part in Brooks deciding to play his college ball in Columbus.
“It was a business trip,” he said. “The coaches, Coach Coombs and Coach Barnes, their attention to detail in their development of their defensive backs and where they see me fitting in with their group stood out. I also thought Coach Day did a great job presenting the overall vision for the program and where it is headed. The campus is great and it’s in a nice location.”
The relationship with the coaches is strong and is continuing to grow. Brooks shared more on that and what the staff has told him about how they’ll use him.
“My relationship with all of the coaches is good and we are still working on strengthening it even further,” he responded when asked. “I play cornerback but they are telling me I am coming in as a (all-around) defensive back because of my ability to play all of the positions in the secondary.”
Many fans heard about this commitment and got concerned that it wouldn’t stick when letters of intent can be signed in December. Brooks says he is locked in with the Buckeyes.
“My commitment is firm,” he stated. “I won’t be visiting anywhere else. I’m hoping to get back up to Ohio State for a game this fall, depending on my high school schedule.”
Brooks will be enrolling early, arriving at OSU in January to get an jump on his career. He has some big time personal and team goals for his career with the Buckeyes.
“I want to earn my degree in 3 to 3.5 years,” he shared. “I want to be the best DB in college football and win the Thorpe Award. I want to win the Big Ten and national championship every year I am there.”