Another domino has fallen in the world of Texas recruiting. On Friday, the Longhorns secured the commitment of talented three-star running back, Jonathon Brooks out of Hallettsville.
Tom Herman and staff have put in work, recruiting some of the best talent in the state on the offensive side of the ball. They have landed the two best athletes in Denton Ryan’s Ja’Tavion Sanders and Billy Bowman Jr., and added four-star quarterback Jalen Milroe and four-star tackle Hayden Conner. Tight end Landen King and athlete Juan Davis rounded out the commitment list. Now, they get the running back position locked down with Brooks.
Brooks is a three-star recruit via the 247Sports Composite. He’s currently ranked as the 48th running back in the country and the 84th ranked player in the state of Texas.
He had a phenomenal year as a junior in which he was the District 14-3A MVP and led Hallettsville to a quarterfinals berth in the 3A D1 state playoffs. Brooks ran for 2,144 yards, averaging almost 10 yards a carry with 38 rushing touchdowns. In four playoff games for the Brahmas, Brooks had 15 touchdowns.
Texas was the first Division-1 program to offer Brooks a scholarship. He subsequently received offers from Colorado State and Texas Tech among others, yet he makes it official, and will play at the collegiate level on the 40 Acres.
Name: Jonathon Brooks
Position: Running back
High School: Hallettsville
City, State: Hallettsville, Texas
Three Best Traits
Size and Speed – At, 6’0 tall and 185 pounds, Brooks possesses the perfect height and weight to make a difference in the backfield. Brooks also runs track for Hallettsville where as a sophomore he ran a 23.8-second 200-meter dash. If anything, Brooks could put on a few extra pounds, but for where he’s at in his career now he’s an ideal size.
Hands – If you didn’t tell someone that Brooks was a running back you could see him being a wide receiver. He is a guy who the Brahmas could tell to run a nine route, but could also take a screen pass the distance. Brooks has shown the ability to run quite the route tree at the high school level and could be a useful weapon in the pass-catching game at the next level.
Special Teams – This District MVP also provided some much-needed production in the special teams department for the Brahmas. He has shown the ability in his junior year to take any punt or kickoff to the house. When he arrives in Austin, he should be able to provide some assistance in that department.
Areas for Improvement
Pass Protection – Something that Brooks can improve on during the off-season is pass protection. We know he’s a speedster who can also catch, but what would really put him over the top is if he could sit back and protect the quarterback when need be.
Level of Competition – What Brooks accomplished in his junior year should be commended. He’s proven to be a force of nature out of the backfield or out wide. However, transitioning from 3A play to Division-1 is going to be a massive leap in competition.
Texas is getting one heck of a player in Brooks. A kid who can really round out their offense and provide them with a dynamic and versatile playmaker from the backfield. Coach Drayton is getting a hard-worker who with his ability to catch passes will be able to be paired nicely alongside another back for a great 1-2 punch. Brooks will prove to be a quarterback’s best friend at Texas as with his speed he can take any check down the distance if given the opportunity.
Texas still has sent scholarship offers out to the top two running backs in Texas in the 2021 class Camar Wheaton and LJ Johnson out of Lakeview Centennial and Cy-Fair respectively. Despite that, Brooks gives them a nice security blanket. A guy who’s shown that he can succeed in all facets of the game. Texas has loaded up with weapons galore on the offensive side of the ball for the class of 2021 with now 70% of that class being offense. With the signing Texas remains at the top of the Big-12 conference in terms of their recruiting.
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