Broxton Plans Wisconsin Visit

A converted defensive lineman, Lackawanna (PA) Community College offensive guard Jarrell Broxton is already up to five Division 1 offers. And while he doesn't know much about Wisconsin, he knows the Badgers and their NFL o-line tradition is hard to ignore.

For an offensive lineman wanting to play football in the National Football League, there aren't too many worse places to go than the University of Wisconsin.

With 16 offensive linemen selected in the NFL Draft since 2000, the Badgers have had an offensive lineman go in the draft's first round the last three years and seen all five starters of the 2010 offensive line make it to the NFL.

He doesn't know much about the Badgers football program yet, but Lackawanna (PA) Community College offensive lineman Jarrell Broxton knows enough about their tradition to be interested.

"I know Wisconsin puts a lot of guys in the league and in the first round for offensive linemen," Broxton told Badger Nation. "It definitely creates a spark and an interest. You want to be a part of that. You want to be that next guy that goes first or second round in the league."

Being recruited by offensive line coach T.J. Woods, the first year Wisconsin coach attended the 6-5, 320-pound Broxton's spring game on Saturday. What he saw was an agile guard working fluidly in an offensive that is a mixture of pro-style and spread-offense blocking.

"We talked after the game and he was just telling me we'll keep in contact," said Broxton. "He said he was impressed and I played great. He said I would be a good fit for the program."

It was an impressive compliment for Broxton, considering his football history. While he continues to earn scholarship offers, Broxton played defensive tackle throughout high school and his first year at Lackawanna. Even more impressive was that he didn't get a chance to play last season due to injuries.

After not having the grades or good enough transcripts to get recruited out of high school, Broxton said the injury and the position change was his ‘wake-up call' to work harder on his craft.

"I feel like I have definitely got better, stronger, quicker and faster," said Broxton. "I have definitely improved. I didn't play offense in high school either. I definitely feel more natural. I picked it up real fast."

Having played defensive line for so many years, Broxton feels a lot of his skills have carried over to offense.

"I think I am very coachable and I am definitely quick," said Broxton. "I think I have the ability when I pull or reach to the next level that my footwork helps me. I definitely have some things to work on, and I can get way better than where I am."

He also touts his versatility, not surprising since he plays both guard and tackle for a complex offense.

"The way this offense is, it really relies on offensive linemen and how we have to combo block or go man-on-man," said Broxton. "The offense is definitely perfect for us."

Reporting no favorites among his list of offers of Baylor, Florida Atlantic, Syracuse and UCLA, Broxton believes he'll take two visits during the summer before deciding to either take more visits during the season or commit before the start of the season.

The uncertainty of his decision depends on how good his visit is to Wisconsin either the second or third week of June.

"After looking at their (UW's) program and seeing my other interest, I'll determine whether I'm going to take another visit," said Broxton.

Scheduled to graduate in December with two years of eligibility remaining, Broxton would fill a gap for an undermanned offensive line that will lose Ryan Groy and Zac Matthias after 2013.


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