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Meet the Transfer: An Introduction to Newcomer Jason Brooks from Vanderbilt

An intro to one of several new faces along the offensive line in 2022.

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On we march in the week-long series “Meet the Transfer,” wherein I introduce you to each of the four incoming OSU transfers — excluding junior college signees — for the 2022 season. Today’s subject is Vanderbilt offensive line transfer Jason Brooks. You can read about Day One subject Deondre Jackson, a Texas A&M running back transfer, right here.

Brooks is one of two transfer newbies from the 2022 recruiting class along the offensive line and one of six (!) new faces in the position group overall, part of a meaningful offseason overhaul to restock the talent cupboard ahead of next season to help offset some key losses. No one can replace the wonderful combination of experience, hair and manliness that Josh Sills leaves behind, but Brooks’ addition should give the Pokes some necessary firepower up front.

Here’s what you need to know.

Measurements
  • Height: 6-4
  • Weight: 295
Classification

Redshirt sophomore

Who is he?

Brooks hails from Houston, Texas, having been born there and raised in the area. He attended Dobie High School in Texas. As a recruit in 2020 he chose Vanderbilt out of high school over reported offers from more than a dozen other programs including SMU, Colorado State, Boise State and others.

What was his production like?

In his redshirt season in 2020, Brooks made one appearance while playing against Kentucky. The following year he appeared in six games. He made one start in 2021 at right tackle and that was in the season finale against Tennessee.

What was his high school pedigree?

Despite a pretty lengthy offer sheet, Brooks was mostly overlooked as a three-star recruit coming out of high school. 247Sports’ Composite rated him as the No. 1,155 overall player in the 2020 class and the No. 71 player at his position of offensive guard.

What will his role be at OSU in 2022?

It’s hard to project exactly what Brooks’ role will be for OSU in 2022 and beyond, but his experience at the Division I level — in the SEC, no less! — is pretty invaluable for an offensive line unit that lost a lot of experience in the offseason. His versatility will be key as well. As an interior offensive lineman, Brooks’ ability to play tackle could make him a valuable commodity for OSU to use him across the formation. I’d expect him to start the season on the two-deep at guard with a chance to perhaps assert himself into a starting role at some point as he continues to grow, develop and learn the offense.

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