Justin Broiles putting his name on the map

Not many people knew who Justin Broiles was back in May. It's a whole different story now in July.

The goal was simple for Oklahoma City John Marshall defensive back Justin Broiles. The Class of 2017 prospect wanted to put his name on the recruiting map this summer.

Good goal, common goal. Achieving it, though, would be another story. Now at the midway point of the summer recruiting season, however, and it’s clear Broiles is on track to do just that.

OKC John Marshall has never been a hotbed for football and definitely not for football recruiting. But under the guidance of former Oklahoma State star wide receiver Rashaun Woods, there isn’t a better time to be a Bear.

The 2016 class had a sleeper prospect in offensive tackle Tramonda Moore. When you get offered by the likes of Georgia, Alabama, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and TCU in a month, you’re not really being slept on anymore.

And based off camp performances, Broiles isn’t about to be forgotten anytime soon. Nobody really knew too much about Broiles coming into OU’s elite camp last month. When the day was finished, his name was circled. A great outing at Alabama this week only increased his growing interest.

“It has been so crazy this summer,” Broiles said. “It has been a lot of fun. It hasn’t been a huge surprise because I’ve worked really hard for it and the coaches have done a great job of getting me in position to succeed.”

Just days after the OU camp, Broiles was offered by Tulsa. It was his first offer, but it’s obvious it’s going to be the first of many more to come.

The sudden jolt in recruiting has surprised his coach. Woods said he didn’t think it would come this fast for Broiles, but he understands why it’s happening.

“He takes coaching really well,” Woods said. “You can show him something one time, and he gets it. He can go out there and do it. Now he’s being taught the game. You mesh that with his natural ability, and it’s a game-changer.”

Broiles said he has worked hard since the end of his sophomore season on his quickness on the line with his jamming technique. It has paid off so far.

His trip to Norman wasn’t his first one, but it was his first real contact with first-year defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks.

Broiles attended an OU game last year but not because he was some hotshot recruit OU was pursuing. That could change this season, and he might not be alone.

Broiles’ cousin is fellow 2017 defensive Evan Fields from Midwest City. Fields, already with an offer from Arkansas State, is also getting some legitimate interest from the Sooners.

An OU package deal wouldn’t be a bad thing for all parties involved, but we’re still a long ways away from anything like that coming close to happening.

Growing up, Broiles was an OU fan. Obviously recruiting can change things but his trip to OU last year gave him a chance to examine the game in a whole new way.

“I was watching the defensive backs more than anything,” Broiles said. “I was really watching Julian Wilson. He’s my favorite defensive back outside of Richard Sherman. I was watching how physical he was and how he used his hands and stuff like that.”

Broiles won’t stop, and he’s hitting the road. He hopes to camp at places like TCU, North Texas and Kansas State now that the dead period in recruiting is over with.

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