Position: Defensive Back
Ht: 6’0 Wt: 175 LBS
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Ranking: 79th overall – 9th best CB (4-Star)
Any time you hear another 2017 recruit talk about Oklahoma, the first names mentioned are Bob Stoops and Baker Mayfield. The next name? Justin Broiles. The John Marshall High School product not only will help Oklahoma on the field, but will likely continue to recruit even when he sleeps. Broiles had one of those weeks last year to where it seemed like every school was going to offer him. Whenever the Sooners came calling, most knew where he would be headed.
The first thing that comes to mind for Justin Broiles is his overall skill. He has a knack to making plays on the football. No matter where the football is, it seems as if Broiles is there. This is something that ultimately will translate to college, and should be something that will allow him to push to play early in his career.
The next thing that stands out is that he just does not care who it is, he is looking to embarrass his opponent. That “dog” characteristic that so many say they have, but Broiles actually has it. This was shown more in the Under Armour All-American game than his HUDL film, as Broiles impressed everybody as a corner back. He went up against a lot of the top wide receivers, and not only held his ground, but dominated more times than not.
Where is his overall fit? That is a huge question. He even impressed me as a corner at the UA game. However, I see him maybe sliding over to what Steven Parker is doing in the current Oklahoma defense. That position brings a lot of pressure, and I truly expect Justin Broiles to take it on if he is asked to be the replacement of Steven Parker.
I mentioned it above, but I do not see Broiles redshirting. He is an early-enrollee, and I truly expect him to be at least be a huge part of what Oklahoma does on special teams in year one. For all the members of the secondary in this class, two spots will open up after 2017. If they take advantage of their first year, I not only expect Justin Broiles to see meaningful snaps, but a lot of this class to by year two.
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