We knew that there would be BOOOOOMs coming following the hectic recruiting period this month, and the Buckeyes have gotten their latest pledge as the No. 58 player in the 2022 recruiting class, cornerback Terrance Brooks committed to Ohio State on Wednesday afternoon.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder chose OSU over 40 other schools, including Alabama, Texas, Florida, Oregon, Texas A&M, LSU, Michigan and others. According to 247Sports Composite rankings, he is the eighth-rated CB in the cycle, and the 13th best player from the Lone Star State. Interestingly, OSU did not offer Brooks until June 14, a week before he visited Columbus.
The Little Elm, Tex. native had announced a top-5 list back in April that included Alabama, Florida, Oregon, Texas, and Texas A&M. Clearly, Coombs and were working overtime to get him in the fold. The rising senior’s father, Chet Brooks, played for the Aggies and in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers.
Coombs has been inexhaustible as he tries to refill the defensive backfield cupboards in Columbus. Brooks joins Jaheim Singletary (No. 13 overall), Jyaire Brown (No. 120), Ryan Turner (No. 372), and athlete Kye Stokes (No. 418) as players projected to be DBs for Ohio State.
Overall, the Buckeyes continue to have the top rated class in the 2022 cycle, with Brooks being the 14th member. At 58th nationally, he becomes the sixth rated player in the class, just ahead of No. 60 wide receiver Kaleb Brown.
About Brooks, 247Sports’ recruiting analyst Gabe Brooks (no relation) says:
Owns the requisite height with a strong, athletic build. Elite length with an enormous wingspan in the plus-9 range relative to height. Strong football pedigree. Hyper-aware in coverage, whether manning up or playing zone. Consistently turns and locates the ball. Long levers disrupt routes and shrink catch windows. Shows above-average ball skills with functional athleticism to make something happen after an INT. Solid tackler who generates pop in close quarters with relatively little gather and uncoil. Twitchy start-stop athlete with impressive linear acceleration. Very good pursuit speed. Generally sticky in turn-and-run situations. Shows encouraging redirect ability for a long-levered, somewhat high-cut build. Ran track as a junior with 100-meter times of 11.25 and 11.29, plus a 23.27 200. Field speed is good, but track data suggests room to improve top-end explosiveness. One of the top defensive prospects in Texas for 2022 and among the better corners nationally in his class. Projects to the high-major level with the potential to become an all-conference performer with legitimate NFL Draft upside.
After an uncharacteristic dip in 2020, it looks like Coombs and company are getting the OSU secondary back up to #BIA speed pretty darn quickly. Welcome to the Buckeye family, Terrance.
Check out Brooks’ ridiculous junior year highlights: