While much of the month of June has gone according to plan for Ohio State on the recruiting trail, there have been a few surprises along the way. One of those was the official visit of Top 100 Little Elm (Texas) cornerback Terrance Brooks last week. Things moved very quickly between Brooks and the Buckeyes, who squeezed in a mid-week visit to Columbus last week after the Buckeyes offered on June 14th.

On Wednesday, the Buckeyes officially turned what looked like an Alabama versus Texas battle on its head, landing the four-star prospect just a week after his official visit. Below, we’ll take a look at Brooks’ junior film and analyze his impact on Ohio State’s recruiting efforts.

What Ohio State is getting

Brooks has been one of the more heavily recruited cornerback prospects in an absolutely loaded 2022 cycle at that position. The versatility to play on the outside, in the slot or even as a deep safety makes him an intriguing talent and a great fit for what the Buckeyes like to do defensively with having interchangeable parts in the secondary.

Brooks’ film shows great explosiveness and anticipatory skills. As the son of former Texas A&M All-American Chet Brooks, you can see the football IQ. On the second clip he does a great job of reading what is front of him and jumping a bubble screen for an interception. He shows excellent eye discipline throughout his film, reading and anticipating what the receivers are doing and not getting caught looking into the backfield.

He also shows a tremendous willingness to come down hill and stop the run. Ohio State has a long tradition of corners who were just as good at tackling as they are at covering and Brooks looks like he would fit right in with his willingness to be physical.

Brooks looks like a Swiss Army Knife type of addition to the Ohio State class with the ability to play pretty much anywhere in the secondary which will give the Buckeyes a lot of flexibility as they try to put the finishing touches on a big class of defensive backs.

What this means for recruiting

Ohio State now has two very clear missions when it comes to defensive back recruiting in the 2022 cycle. With Brooks in the fold, there isn’t a need to add at the cornerback position between now and December given where things stand today.

However, the Buckeyes have commitments from several cornerback prospects who, at various times, have been looking around at other programs. So the focus now with the cornerbacks has to shift from adding players, to preserving what the Buckeyes have. Jyaire Brown, Jaheim Singletary, and Ryan Turner all continue to be pursued by other programs and it seems reasonable to assume that Alabama and the Texas schools won’t give up on Brooks either.

While keeping the corners they have in the fold, Matt Barnes and Kerry Coombs must also juggle adding safety prospects. Top 100 prospects Zion Branch and Xaiver Nwankpa remain the top targets, with prospects like Jake Pope and Markeith Williams still in the mix as well. Landing two of those players will be a big priority for the defensive staff down the stretch.

Finally, the Texas to Ohio State recruiting pipeline remains strong as ever. The Buckeyes now have three of the top prospects in the Lonestar State committed for the 2022 recruiting class in Brooks, five-star quarterback Quinn Ewers, and Top 100 wide receiver Caleb Burton. The Buckeyes also continue to pursue Top 100 offensive lineman Kam Dewberry and five-star defensive end Omari Abor, among others.

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