Broussard Delays Decision, Talks Auburn

2016 four-star prospect John Broussard talks about delaying his decision until May, what he likes about Auburn, and more.

Phenix City, Ala.--A four-star prospect and the No. 6 ranked cornerback in the 2016 recruiting class, talented John Broussard from Central High School had a plan to make an early decision in December, but his timeline has changed.

“I didn’t get to see all the schools I wanted to this fall so that’s one of the reasons I decided to wait,” Broussard said of pushing his announcement back until next May. “I talked to my parents about it and talked to my coaches. We decided I should view all my options more before I narrow it down to one school.”

Currently with a top group of Auburn, LSU, Kentucky, Florida State and Georgia, Broussard has been to see Coach Gus Malzahn and the Tigers in person this season and has also made a trip to see Alabama. Hoping to get an opportunity to see several of his other favorites this fall, he said Auburn has already made a big impression on him.

“They treat you like family,” Broussard said of his trips to Auburn. “When I go down there I get treated with lots of love. I have a great relationship with all of the coaches, not just who is recruiting me. I get to talk to all of the coaches and Coach Malzahn too.”

One of the coaches Broussard is continuing to build a bond with is Auburn cornerbacks coach Melvin Smith. A veteran with a history of producing outstanding players at the position, Smith has already made a huge improvement for the Tigers in his short time and Broussard said that’s great to see.

“He’s a great coach,” Broussard said. “When I watched them practice I could see that he loves to coach and he does it with passion. He runs around like he’s playing and everything. He gets into the details and coaches you on the finer points of the game.”

A big part of a strong season for the Red Devils this year as they finished the regular season with a 9-1 record while winning their region, Broussard and his teammates will have a week off before beginning the playoffs next Friday night against Murphy High from Mobile. Young and talented with several big-time prospects, including running back Traveon Samuel (Louisville commitment) and 2017 linebacker Markail Benton, Central has turned it up its performance level under first-year coach Jamey Dubose.

“We have pretty good confidence right now,” Broussard said. “It’s much higher right now. We really put things together our last two games. We did that at a perfect time. Now we’re going to try to make a playoff run.”

If that happens Broussard is likely to be at the center of the action for the Central defense. Capable of taking away his side of the field, he said that’s something he has worked hard on and he feels like that has taken his game to another level.

“My confidence level is much higher this year as well,” he said. “I’m more comfortable on an island and coming up and making tackles. I’m just more into the game and I have more swagger.”

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