4-Star CB Broussard Chooses (AU) Tigers

Scout four-star cornerback John Broussard announced his decision on Thursday to play college football at Auburn.

Phenix City, Ala.--Coach Gus Malzahn and defensive coordinator Will Muschamp received good big news on Thursday morning when four-star cornerback John Broussard committed to Auburn over LSU and Mississippi State at a ceremony at Central-Phenix City. Seriously considering both the Bengal Tigers and the Bulldogs, Brousssard said his final visit to Auburn on Sunday made the difference for him.

“I have grown to love Auburn,” Broussard tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. “I have got a great relationship with all of the coaches there and I think that’s very important. If I hadn’t gone back over there on Sunday I probably would have picked somebody else, but being able to sit down with Coach Malzahn and Coach Muschamp one-one-one really made the difference.”

Not only did sitting down with Muschamp make an impact with Broussard, watching his defenses this spring at Auburn also made an impression on the defensive back prospect. Making several trips to see the Tigers in the spring, he said that the addition of the new coordinator was a huge bump for Auburn.

"Coach Muschamp made a very big difference because he's a great defensive mind," Broussard said. "He puts guys in the NFL. Since that hire they started recruiting me harder and going at me harder."

Even though he was already very familiar with the coaching staff, Broussard said that final visit really put him over the top because of what he felt from Malzahn and Muschamp and what they told him about his future on the Plains. With a need for help in the secondary and a chance to contribute early in his career, Broussard said everything just came together on that final trip.

“You just know what they’re saying is true,” Broussard said. “You could tell that they really care about me and that they really want me and really need me and that I can really come in there and play real quick. That’s big for me.”

Broussard has good ball skills, making him a good fit outside in man coverage.

Something else important for Broussard is being able to have his family close by so they can watch him play and be there for that support system every college freshman needs. That strength of family was part of the equation that was very big he said.

“It’s important to me because it puts less stress on my mom,” Broussard said. “She doesn’t have to go four hours away or five hours away. Now she doesn’t have to go far because I’ll be 30 minutes down the road.”

Broussard is Auburn’s sixth commitment for the 2016 class joining defensive linemen Quinnen Williams and David Marshall, tight end Landon Rice, linebacker Tre Threat and defensive athlete Stephen Davis Jr.

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