Central-Phenix City coach Jamey DuBose raved about the work ethic of rising senior cornerback John Broussard on Thursday.
Broussard’s family runs a cleaning business, he said, and the four-star recruit for the Class of 2016 has often worked nights for his parents from the time he was young.
“His dad’s a hard worker,” DuBose explained. “(John) has to help the family business sometimes at nights, and he’ll come to practice the next morning. He doesn’t complain, he just gets up and goes to work. He’s one of the hardest-working guys in the weight room in our program.”
If that is a sign of things to come, then Auburn University coaches were likely thrilled with Broussard’s commitment ceremony on Thursday.In front of a wall of media and a crowded cafeteria, the 6-foot, 170-pound cornerback unzipped his jacket, revealing an Auburn jersey, and grabbed the navy blue-colored cap to place on his head, eliciting loud cheers from the hometown crowd.
“Auburn just felt like home to me,” Broussard said when asked why he chose the Tigers. “Whenever I go up there, it’s always a family environment. I have a good relationship with all the coaches. And with (defensive coordinator Will) Muschamp, I feel like I can do something special there.”
Broussard selected Auburn over Mississippi State and LSU on Thursday. He also claimed offers from more than a dozen other programs, including Clemson, Florida State and Georgia. He is rated the No. 8 cornerback and the No. 98 overall recruit nationally, according to 247sports.com’s composite rankings.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of Thursday was not that he chose Auburn, but that Mississippi state — and not LSU — was revealed as his No. 2 choice. Not that it matters. Broussard stressed that he is “100-percent committed” to Auburn.
After five-star receiver Nate Craig-Myers de-committed from Auburn on Wednesday, Broussard serves as a shot in the arm for a recruiting class that had dipped to No. 36.
In Broussard, the Tigers get a big, physical corner who has the potential to become a lockdown threat in the secondary.
DuBose noted his long arms and reach, as well as his ability to play both man and zone coverage at the next level. Going forward, the coach said Broussard will still have to improve the former, however.
“Any time you’re going to the next level, I would say you’ve got to work on the man technique,” DuBose said. “Stuffing guys at the line of scrimmage, using his hands. And No. 2, always defeating a block, getting off a block. In high school football he’s superior, but at the next level he’s going to have bigger, stronger guys that he’ll have to get off that block and make tackles.”
Broussard is one of a number of notable high-profile recruits for his Central Red Devils. Jamal Couch, who plays wide receiver but projects as a linebacker at the next level, has already committed to Florida State. Wide receivers Justyn Ross and Quan Weaver both have Southeastern Conference offers, as does fellow cornerback Karon Delince. Class of 2017 linebacker Markail Benton is currently rated a five-star prospect, and he has offers from all corners of the country. Auburn and Alabama are both expected to be high on his list.
Broussard recorded two interceptions for the Red Devils last year and was named second-team All-Bi-City.