Texas transfer cornerback Terrance Brooks commits to Illinois

Terrance Brooks is headed to the Big Ten Conference. The former five-star cornerback has committed to the Illinois Fighting Illini in a major addition for Illinois.

We’re still trying to understand what exactly happened between Brooks and Texas, but some expected the talented cornerback to start for the team again this season. In 2023, he made three interceptions and six passes defended, along with 20 tackles, but he still wasn’t immune to allowing the big play.

Illinois’ decision isn’t that hard to understand when you look at their recent draft success. A season ago, the team saw three defensive backs drafted in the first three rounds. The first Illinois secondary drafted was Devon Witherspoon with the No. 5 overall pick, followed by Jartavius ​​Martin at No. 47 and Sydney Brown at No. 66.

Brooks’ decision appears to revolve around NFL draft development and playing time, rather than competing for a playoff spot.

Since 2012, the Illini have had just one winning season, going 5-7 in 2023. They face a relatively easy schedule, but one that could be tougher than previous seasons in the Big Ten’s lower division .

Illinois will play host to Kansas, Michigan, Purdue, Minnesota and Michigan State next season with road games against Oregon, Penn State, Nebraska, Rutgers and Northwestern. Presumably Oregon, Michigan and Penn State eliminate the Illini from any playoff contention. Rutgers, Nebraska and Kansas could be tough tests.

Texas will look to replace Brooks with its current roster ahead of his first season in the SEC.