Brock Broughton realizes people are expecting that he will switch from running back to safety in college. It makes him all that more determined to prove them wrong.
"I would love to play running back because I believe I can do it," the Kearney (MO) High prospect said. "I have confidence in myself and know i can do it. If I had to play defense, it wouldn't be my first choice but I would do it because I want to play at the next level. I love the game of football from top to bottom."
Almost all of the colleges recruiting Broughton project him as a running back, he said. While he awaits his first scholarship offer, he said he is hearing from Iowa, Kansas State, Iowa State, California, Kansas, Tulsa, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Holy Cross, Missouri State, among others.
"I know God has a plan for me and it will happen when it will," Broughton said of scholarship offers. "I'm just going to keep working my butt of to get (them)."
Broughton said he has had contact with Iowa Assistant Eric Johnson, who recruits that part of Missouri for the Hawkeyes.
"I went to a one-day camp there last year and I was in contact with them," the 5-foot-11 1/2, 190-pound Broughton said. "But, it has died down some. Hopefully, it will pick back up.
"I liked Iowa when I was down there last summer. It's a very nice stadium and the coaches were very nice but wanted you to do work, as any coach would."
Broughton attended spring practices at Tulsa, South Dakota State and Kansas and was at the Arkansas spring game. He's taken unofficial visits to Kansas State, Nebraska, and Tulsa and stopped at junior days for Kansas State, Iowa State, Arizona State, Missouri and Minnesota.
Broughton plans to camp at a lot of schools this summer. Missouri, Kansas State, Tulsa, Iowa State, Arkansas, South Dakota State, North Dakota State and Kansas are on his list. He's open to other schools as well.
"What is most important to me from the football aspect is finding a school where it's the brotherhood atmosphere, meaning everyone is a family and that everyone has bought in," Broughton said. "I am a very competitive person and will work my butt off wherever I end up. Also, I look for a school where academics is very important to them. I want one that expects their players to work hard on and off the field."
Broughton believes is college major will come from a list that includes business, law, sports management, engineering and medicine.
"I just can't wait for someone to give me the chance because, not being cocky, but I'm worth it," he said. "I have the heart and desire to do it. I am very confident."