Addressing a need at defensive tackle is one of the LSU staff’s priorities heading down the stretch to signing day.
The Tigers are currently leading for four-star prospect Cassius Marsh, but that hasn’t stopped LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley from continuing to look for warriors in the trenches.
Louisiana is thin with defensive tackles for the 2010 class, but one prospect that Haley continues to monitor is three-star prospect Risean Broussard.
Broussard (6-2, 278, 5.0) is one of the more intriguing prospects in Louisiana for 2010. He only played in four games as a sophomore at Washington Marion High School and had to sit out his junior year when he transferred across town to LaGrange.
As a result, there wasn’t much for college coaches to go off of other than his combine workouts and the vote of confidence he received from LaGrange head coach Jules Sullen.
One of those coaches that Sullen contacted was his cousin – Tennessee assistant coach Frank Wilson – and it didn’t take long for Tennessee to extend a scholarship offer. Broussard accepted that offer and committed to the Vols on April 17.
Interest in the country’s No. 29 defensive tackle continued to pick up over the spring and summer, and it hasn’t died down with his play during his senior year.
“It’s been going pretty good,” Broussard said. “We’re 6-2 and we play Barbe for the district championship on Friday. I don’t know my stats or anything, but I know I have a lot of tackles and sacks, and I’ve forced a few fumbles.”
Broussard admits that it took some time to get comfortable on the field after missing so much time the last two years.
“The first few games I had to dust the rust off, but since then I’ve been rolling, doing pretty good,” he said. “Playing the strong side defensive tackle has been an adjustment because before that I played on the end, but it’s coming along nicely.”
LSU has gotten some senior film of Broussard in action and is one of the schools that have grabbed his attention of late.
“They kind of cranked the heat up since they know I’m still looking around to see where I want to go. But they know I’m still committed to Tennessee right now,” said Broussard. “I feel good about Tennessee but at the same time I have to see if Tennessee is the right place and that’s why I’m checking out my options. I plan on taking official visits to LSU, Tennessee, Alabama and Texas A&M. All of those schools are staying in touch with me.”
One of the options that Broussard has explored is LSU and he made it to his second Tiger home game in three weeks when he made an unofficial visit for Saturday’s victory against Auburn. It was a good thing too since there had been a lapse in communication with Haley that got ironed out on Saturday.
“He was mad at me because he didn’t have my new cell number that I just got, but that was the first thing he did was make sure he had my new number,” said Broussard with a laugh. “He got that thing real quick and he said he would be giving me a call on Sunday, and coming down to see my game against Barbe this weekend and check up on my grades.”
If Haley likes what he sees on and off the field and extends a scholarship offer would that give Broussard something to think about?
“It would,” he said. “They’re one of the top schools I’m looking at. It’s my home school and my dad can’t be going all over to see me play, so I’d like to be a little closer to him if it’s the right fit.”
Broussard said that he will take the ACT for the first time in December and that he was working hard in the classroom but needed more work to have a chance to qualify academically.