2024 NFL Draft Top Prospect: Get to Know Jonathon Brooks

by Andy Stitzer
2017 NFL Draft Day Two

As the 2024 NFL Draft approaches, anticipation and speculation swirl around the top prospects set to enter the professional arena. Among the array of talent, one name has captured the attention of scouts, analysts, and fans: Jonathan Brooks.

This remarkable athlete, known for his extraordinary abilities on the field, is poised to become one of the most significant picks in the draft. Below, we will look closer at Brooks, exploring his collegiate career, achievements, and what makes him a standout prospect for the NFL.

Early Years and High School Highlights

The astonishment surrounding Jonathon Brooks' recent achievements in college football has not reached those familiar with his high school legacy, particularly the head coaches he competed against during an unforgettable 2020 season.

That year, Brooks led his team to the Class 3A Division I state championship game, amassing 3,530 rushing yards. It’s the seventh highest in a single season in Texas high school football history. He also scored 62 touchdowns.

His senior year performance at Halletsville High School also included 70 touchdowns, putting Jonathan Gray's 2011 record behind him. For his extraordinary efforts, Brooks was honored with the title of Mr. Texas Football for the 2020 season.

Given Brooks’ performance during his early years as a football player, he is indeed one of the must-watch rookies next season. That said, let’s witness how he will put himself on the top of the NFL standings next season.

Collegiate Career Excellence

Jonathon Brooks is a beacon of success in collegiate athletics, shining brightly with a career marked by relentless dedication, undeniable skill, and unparalleled achievements. From his early days on the field, Brooks has demonstrated exceptional talent and a profound commitment to excellence that has set him apart from his peers.

Below, we’ll go through Brooks’ College Football experience to better understand how amazing an athlete he is.

Freshman

In 2021, Jonathon embarked on his freshman year and played in four football games. He accumulated 143 yards and scored a touchdown from 21 carries. Additionally, Brooks had a single reception that gained 12 yards.

His first appearance was during Texas' overwhelming 58-0 win against Rice, where he impressively rushed nine times for 63 yards, achieving his career highs and scoring his initial collegiate touchdown.

In a match against Texas Tech, he carried the ball seven times for 47 yards. Brooks also participated in the famed Red River Showdown with Oklahoma, contributing 33 yards over five carries and securing a 12-yard reception in a game against Kansas.

Redshirt Freshman

Meanwhile, Brooks showcased his talent in seven games during his redshirt freshman year. He impressively rushed for 197 yards over 30 carries, averaging 6.6 yards per carry, and scored five touchdowns. This feat included an outstanding 70-yard touchdown run.

Additionally, Brooks made two receptions totaling 37 yards and secured another touchdown. In the game against ULM, he contributed 32 rushing yards and a touchdown from six carries, including a notable 19-yard rush. Brooks also made impactful appearances in wins against UTSA and West Virginia.

He delivered seven carries for 39 yards and a touchdown in the iconic AT&T Red River Showdown against Oklahoma. Against this backdrop, he achieved personal bests with 11 carries for 108 yards and two touchdowns, highlighted by a career-best 70-yard touchdown run.

In a remarkable partnership with Bijan Robinson, who rushed for 243 yards, they became the third Texas Longhorn running back duo to record a 200-yard and 100-yard rusher in the same game — a feat that marked the 40th instance of Texas having two players reach over 100 rushing yards in the same game.

Additionally, Brooks made a special teams tackle in the Baylor win and, during the Alamo Bowl against Washington, rushed for 18 yards and a touchdown on six carries and caught two passes for 38 yards and another touchdown.

Sophomore

During his second year, he was nominated as a semi-finalist for the Doak Walker Award, earning a position on the All-Big 12 Second Team. He was also a contender for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award and was honored as the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year.

Additionally, he was recognized on the All-Texas First Team by Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine, named a third-team All-America and All-Big 12 by Phil Steele, and placed on the Maxwell Award watch list.

In 11 appearances with eight starts, he set personal bests by carrying the ball 187 times for 1,139 yards (averaging 6.1 yards per carry) and scoring 10 touchdowns, alongside making 25 catches for 286 yards and one touchdown.

Final Thoughts

The road to the NFL is fraught with challenges and competition. Yet, Jonathan Brooks appears destined for greatness, thanks to his exceptional talent, sheer dedication, and the support of his family and mentors. As the draft approaches, it will be exciting to see how this promising athlete's career unfolds in the professional arena, potentially becoming one of the future stars of the NFL.

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