July 17, 2012

Breakout candidates: No. 1 Terrence Brooks

Over the month of July, Warchant.com will count down the top five breakout candidates for 2012. In order to qualify, the player had to start six or fewer games in 2011.

No. 1 Terrence Brooks (5-11/195) Dunnellon (Dunnellon HS)


Class this fall:

Injury status: None

2011 Stats: 17 tackles, five pass breakups, and one interception

High School Accolades: Brooks was an underrated recruit out of high school with just a three-star rating from Rivals.com as a cornerback. He was rated the 45th best corner in the nation, and 83rd best prospect in the state of Florida.

He was a member of the Florida Times-Union Super 75. Participated in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star game.

Notable: Played both ways in high school. As a junior he rushed for 500 yards while piling up 53 tackles on defense. During his senior season Brooks played both wide receiver and cornerback.

According to his media guide profile Brooks boasted a 31-inch vertical and 4.44 40-yard dash time out of high school.

2011 Review:
Brooks played primarily in nickel and dime situations as a sophomore in 2011. Showed the ability to play both corner and safety (where he made his biggest impact). While he didn't put up huge numbers every time Brooks was on the field he made an impact. When both Greg Reid and Xavier Rhodes left the Champs Sports Bowl with injuries it was Brooks who stepped up at safety as Lamarcus Joyner moved up to corner. Brooks came away with an interception of Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees in the endzone in the game's final minutes to clinch the 18-14 victory.

Spring Review: Brooks took over the starting job at free safety opposite of Joyner in the spring, as Terrance Parks graduated in the fall. Brooks looked the part of a starter in the spring game as he took an EJ Manuel interception back 51 yards for a touchdown. Brooks also had two tackles and a pass breakup in the game for the garnet team.

2012 Depth Chart Outlook: With Parks graduating, Brooks is currently penciled in as the starter at free safety ahead of former five-star Karlos Williams. Williams decided to stay on the defensive side of the ball after mulling over a switch to running back in the offseason.

Brooks could also see some time at cornerback early in the season depending on how long Greg Reid is suspended due to his off the field issues. If the coaching staff doesn't feel comfortable putting young defensive backs like Nick Waisome, Keelin Smith or any of the true freshman in the game in Reid's spot then Brooks could slide up to corner while Williams plays safety.

2012 Breakout Season: Despite limited reps during his first two seasons Brooks was always a guy who caught our eye with his physical style of play on special teams. Because of his three-star rating out of high school Brooks plays with a bit of a chip on his shoulder even now as he has earned a starting job at safety. His physical mentality coupled with his ball skills from playing corner are what we think makes him the top breakout candidate for Florida State in 2012.

In case you missed it here are our other breakout candidates:

  • No. 2 Timmy Jernigan

  • No. 3 Kelvin Benjamin

  • No. 4 Cameron Erving

  • No. 5 Tyler Hunter

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