High School Football

This Grapevine transfer standout has transferred over and over again

Grapevine Mustangs wide receiver Jordan Brooks-Wess (2) rushes upfield against Richland in October.
Grapevine Mustangs wide receiver Jordan Brooks-Wess (2) rushes upfield against Richland in October. Special to the Star-Telegram

Jordan Brooks-Wess gets around pretty fast — and not just on the football field.

While the Grapevine senior is among the fastest wide receivers around, he’s also covered a lot of territory when it comes to attending schools. Grapevine is the sixth school he’s attended since elementary, and the third high school.

He attended elementary school in Plano and middle school in Frisco, along with his freshman football season. Then his family moved to Haslet, where he played subvarsity for the Haslet Eaton Eagles as a sophomore, as they didn’t field a varsity team until 2016.

But he wasn’t finished. When his mother, who is in the nursing field, relocated to Baylor Medical, he was told they were moving again.

“You always want to stay where you have a whole bunch of friends, and I’d made some great friends at Eaton, but when your parents tell you it’s time to go, you go,” Brooks-Wess said.

“But it was the right thing. My mom would have had to drive a long way.”

Yeah, I’m going to be the new kid on campus again. Hopefully, this time I’ll stick around longer.

Jordan Brooks-Wess, joking about going to college next year

It helped that he had a good friend already at Grapevine. Seth Texada had transferred from Grapevine Faith earlier in the year.

“We knew each other from the past two summers at football camp,” Brooks-Wess said. “Seth’s parents are pastors and my grandparents are pastors, so we knew each other that way also.

“Knowing Seth made it a lot easier to transition. He introduced me to coaches and other players.”

It also helped that Brooks-Wess brought some pretty solid credentials from his time playing at Eaton. He caught 53 passes for 732 yards (an average of 13.8 yards) and six touchdowns.

Entering the second week of the playoffs for the Mustangs (9-2), he had 46 catches for 840 yards (17.7 yards) and 11 touchdowns. He caught four touchdowns in one game and three in another.

“Alan (Bowman, Mustangs quarterback) is pretty easy to get along with, and when you transfer from another team, you know you have to work your way in and earn his trust,” Brooks-Wess said. “As 7-on-7 progressed during the summer, he started hitting me with passes more and more.

“It really helped playing 7-on-7. Otherwise, I would have had so much catching up to do in the fall and he so wouldn’t have known what I can do.”

Grapevine head football coach Mike Alexander said Brooks-Wess’ unselfish attitude was also a big part of the smooth transition.

“Jordan quickly bought into our program philosophy of family and unity — pouring yourself out for your teammates. This isn’t easy for all transfer students since he hasn’t grown up with the rest of the guys,” Alexander said.

“It’s also difficult at times when athletes of his his talent level move in with their own hopes and dreams of being recruited to play a certain position. This was never the case with Jordan. We immediately moved him to outside receiver even though he had spent most of time in high school playing slot. Jordan immediately bought in and did his part to make our offense better.”

Brooks-Wess also accepted another challenge from his coach with enthusiasm.

“Halfway through the season I asked him to train at corner, and he unselfishly learned the position and is developing into a very good corner,” Alexander said. “I can’t say enough about his competitive spirit and unselfish attitude. We are blessed he is on our team.”

Had Brooks-Wess stayed at Eaton, he would still be playing with his cousin. The two helped start the varsity program, and they would have been a part of the school’s historic first playoff game.

“That was a whole new experience, getting the Eaton program started,” Brooks-Wess said. “As a football tradition, we made everything, we were the standard. We laid the foundation.”

Brooks-Wess hasn’t decided where he will play in college, but he definitely wants to play. He’s had several schools show interest. He wants to enter pre-med studies.

“I’ve always been around medicine, and watching my mom has made me interested,” he said. “I’m thinking maybe I want to be a plastic surgeon.”

And yes, he realizes when he walks onto a college campus next year, he will once again be entering a new school.

“Yeah, I’m going to be the new kid on campus again,” he said with a laugh. “Hopefully, this time I’ll stick around longer.”

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