Broussard to leave for UCLA

The prolonged ASU coaching search has already taken a toll on the Sun Devils' recruiting class and now it has claimed the person largely responsible for assembling this group. Amid the uncertainly regarding the coaching situation, recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach Steve Broussard has accepted the running backs coach position at UCLA and their newly appointed had coach Jim Mora Jr.

Broussard was responsible for landing over a dozen commitments in Arizona State's 2012 recruiting class. His biggest achievement was securing the verbal pledges of five players from Long Beach Poly, one of the most prominent Southern California high school football programs. In the prior year, he recruited Sun Devil freshman quarterback Michael Eubank, who was the lone four-star prospect in the 2011 class.

Ever since outgoing ASU head coach Dennis Erickson was dismissed on November 28th, Broussard has been working in earnest to preserve the recruiting class he has worked so hard to assemble and initially kept the de-commitments to a minimum. However, with the head coaching search process dragging out for over two weeks now, ASU's wide receiver coach has found it harder and harder to secure the pledges of all the players he has recruited, which led to this departure.

With Broussard's vast network of connections in the Southern California, it only made sense for him to accept a coaching position in that fertile recruiting territory. The burden of recruiting such a vast area is expected to be lessened for Broussard, with the arrival of Adrian Klemm to the Bruins' staff. The SMU offensive line coach has already proven his prowess recruiting in the Los Angeles Metro area for the Mustangs and together with Broussard this tandem figures to be a very tough challenge for UCLA's Pac-12 foes in trying to secure commits from this territory.

On the field, Broussard elevated the play of the ASU wide receivers who flourished under the spread offensive scheme implemented by offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone. Wide receiver Gerell Robinson was the wide receiver had the most dramatic turnaround in Broussard's two-year tenure. Through 12 games during the 2011 season, the senior is already having a career season collecting 1,156 yards on 64 catches scoring six touchdowns.

At the end of the regular season, ASU's passing offense is ranked 11th in the nation averaging just over 310 yards a game.


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