Broiles, newly minted in the Scout 300 at No. 290, had his day in the sun way back when at OU’s elite one-day camp back in June. It was clear Broiles would be someone to watch.
And watch the Sooners did. Even if there were times when it felt like maybe Broiles wasn’t as interested in the Sooners or OU wasn’t as interested in Broiles, again, it’s a process.
OU started to recruit John Marshall in a major way because of Scout 300 offensive lineman Tramonda Moore. The Sooners made a great impression with Moore before the No. 1-ranked prospect for 2016 eventually signed with Oklahoma State.
There are rumors about Moore’s academic standing and whether or not he’ll qualify and whether or not it’s why OU backed off toward the end. All irrelevant when it comes to Broiles as multiple sources have said he’s already in great academic standing.
And now he has the offer.
“I walked on the campus and saw Coach (Chip) Viney and (Kerry) Cooks and they called me back into the office,” Broiles said. “We talked in the office, and they offered me.”
Broiles wasn’t surprised by the offer. He had a feeling. The day before the game got real in a hurry with SEC offers from Ole Miss and Arkansas.
Still, it did mean a little extra more having the offer come from within the state because Broiles knows that’s no guarantee.
“Being an in-state kid, it definitely means something to me,” Broiles said. “OU used to slowplay guys a lot so this means something. I definitely felt like the coaches noticed me more.”
He never felt the urge to commit, though, was never in the plans. Broiles said he never wants to make a decision based off emotion.
With the way the offers are rolling in, who could blame him? Since the OU offers, schools like Auburn, Tennessee and Penn State, among others, have been added. It’s not likely to slow down anytime soon as evidenced by a whopping five-offer day Wednesday from four Power 5 conferences.
Broiles said the last few weeks have been exciting and crazy at the same time. Once the Kansas State offer was given nearly two weeks ago, he got the feeling it was about to pick up.
He’s not being bashful about visits, either, with trips to Miami and Florida planned for this weekend and Broiles knows what he’s looking for.
“I’m looking at playing time and the coaching staff,” Broiles said. “They’re my dudes (OU coaches). Coach Viney – talk to him nearly every other day.”
Broiles said the staffs at Ole Miss and KSU are both also showing the most amount interest.
There’s a question as to where Broiles will end up. It could be cornerback. Could be safety, could be nickelback. Broiles prefers cornerback because he believes that’s what he does best.
Watching Moore go through the process allowed Broiles to see how things are done in the recruiting game. He’s ready for it.
“Be patient,” Broiles said. “I think that’s the No. 1 thing I learned. This year I’m working on being a team leader and being that captain. But it’s all about being patient. It will come.”
He’s not wrong about that. Broiles is no longer under the radar, and it’s clear he’ll have a choice among a who’s who in college football when it’s all said and done.null