Justin Broiles to Oklahoma: Sooners Land 4-Star CB Prospect

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2016

Class of 2017 4-star recruit Justin Broiles announced Monday he has committed to the University of Oklahoma.   

Here is his announcement via Twitter:

Broiles is the second-ranked Class of 2017 prospect coming out of the state of Oklahoma and the 21st-rated cornerback in the nation, per 247Sports

He was a highly sought-after prospect, as he received scholarship offers from "at least 30" Power Five conference schools, per Eric Bailey of Tulsa World Sports. 

At 6'0", 175 pounds, Broiles is a physical defensive back who likes to throw his weight around in the secondary. During his junior season at John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City, he recorded 47 tackles and an interception, per 247Sports.

His play earned him a trip to the 2016 Army Underclassmen Combine, where he "nabbed plenty of attention," per Bailey.

Broiles is already the seventh Class of 2017 hard commit for Oklahoma, and all of them are 4-star recruits, per 247Sports' composite rankings. Two others, Robert Barnes and Trajan Bandy, will play in the secondary as well. 

Broiles is poised to join a Sooners defense that improved its passing defense greatly in 2015. Last year it was 34th in the nation with just over 202 passing yards allowed per game. The year before, it was 120th and allowed almost 75 yards more per week. 

Getting a player with a talent level like Broiles will allow Oklahoma to build its depth in the secondary and give it a chance to keep improving on those numbers in the coming years. 

 

Stats courtesy of Sports-Reference.com.

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