Texas loses CB Terrance Brooks to the transfer portal

Texas loses its fifth player to the transfer portal in the last week in junior CB Terrance Brooks.
Terrance Brooks, Texas football
Terrance Brooks, Texas football / Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman

Junior Texas football cornerback Terrance Brooks announced his intent to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal via a post on social media on April 23. Brooks is Texas's first returning starter (for at least 10 games) to enter the transfer portal this offseason.

Texas football starting CB Terrance Brooks announces intent to enter the transfer portal

Brooks posted a message on his X account on April 23 announcing that he intends to enter the transfer portal.

"I want to thank God, my family, and the Longhorn Nation for everything. At this time, I will be entering into the transfer portal."

During his two seasons at Texas, Brooks started 16 of the 23 games he appeared in. Brooks registered 29 combined tackles, three interceptions, nine pass breakups, and six defensive stops since 2022 with the Longhorns.

After starting a few games during his true freshman campaign in 2022, Brooks became a full-time starter at field corner last fall. He started 13 of 14 games he played at field corner for Texas's secondary in 2023, earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors for the first time.

Brooks led all Texas cornerbacks in defensive snaps (598) last season. Among eligible cornerbacks, Brooks was the fourth highest-graded for the Longhorns in 2023.

Before Brooks announced his intentions to transfer on April 23, Texas had done a nice job of minimizing the costly departures to the portal this offseason. At this point of the offseason, Brooks is the only player who started double-digit games last season that the Longhorns lost to the portal.

Losing Brooks to the portal leaves the Longhorns with five true scholarship cornerbacks and 15 scholarship defensive backs on the roster a few days following the conclusion of spring camp.

Texas and cornerbacks coach Terry Joseph return sophomore cornerback Malik Muhammad and senior Gavin Holmes from last year's squad. The Longhorns also have three true freshmen early enrollees on campus among scholarship corners this spring, including Kobe Black, Santana Wilson, and Wardell Mack.

Texas coaches emphasize the ability to cross-train defensive backs to enhance versatility and depth in the secondary. Defensive backs like senior Jahdae Barron, junior Jaylon Guilbeau, and junior Austin Jordan have also cross-trained at cornerback in the past at Texas.

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