2016 DB Likes What He Sees From Tigers

Talented defensive back John Broussard from Central-Phenix City High talks about his Nike Camp performance and visiting a football practice at Auburn.

Phenix City, Ala.--Expected to be one of the top defensive backs in Alabama for the 2016 recruiting class, athletic John Broussard has already made an impact on the camp circuit this spring with impressive performances at several venues.

That continued on Sunday when he earned Top Defensive Back honors at the Nike NTFC Camp in Birmingham.

Working against top players from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee, Broussard showed good quickness and speed and also the ability to lock down receivers in the open field. Continuing to prove himself time and time again, the 6-0, 165-pounder said he's just happy that people are taking notice.

"It felt great to win an award at a Nike Camp as a sophomore," Broussard said. "I was just out there competing with some of the best, guys that are already four and five-star players. It just felt good to win.

"I have started on the varsity since I was a freshman," he added. "At camps I wasn't really performing as well. I did pretty good, but I wasn't as good as I have been this year. Now I'm winning MVP's and colleges are starting to come around. It's nice."

Already with an offer from Kentucky, Broussard is hearing from several big schools including the Auburn Tigers. Taking a visit to see the campus and facilities early in March, he was back on Thursday to watch Coach Gus Malzahn's team go through spring practice. He said that was important for him because he wanted to see how the everyday life was for the players, and he likes what he saw.

"I really liked their practice and how they practice," Broussard said. "They practice quick. They're learning and do a lot of drills. I just like it. I also got to talk with Coach Melvin Smith.

"He told me that he likes my size," he added. "We didn't get to talk a whole lot because he was on the move. He's an energetic guy and he looks like he loves to coach. I like him."

Already familiar with Auburn and getting the chance to talk with former Central star Jonathan Wallace about playing in the program, Broussard said Smith and the Tigers are telling him some good things already and he's hoping to get an offer sometime down the road.

"Coach Smith is saying that he likes me," Broussard said. "He said he wants to offer me, but he has to talk to the rest of the coaches first. If he does he said I'll be the first 2016 corner he's offered. That would mean a lot. For the first two offers to be from SEC schools, that would be big."


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