Despite expressing interest in the Texas Longhorns and planning a spring visit, Oklahoma City (Okla.) Marshall cornerback Justin Broiles announced his commitment to the in-state Oklahoma Sooners on Monday following an unofficial visit over the weekend:
Texas offered in late February and Broiles initially expressed interest in visiting for the Orange-White game in April.
But while a commitment like that of La Grange all-purpose back JK Dobbins to Ohio State feels more like a reservation, the pledge of an elite Oklahoma prospect to Oklahoma does not, so Texas may have trouble convincing Broiles to take a visit to Austin after this decision.
Broiles is a 6'0, 175-pounder who is considered a consensus four-star prospect and the No. 194 recruit overall, the No. 21 cornerback, and the No. 2 player in Oklahoma, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Now over 30 offers, Broiles is being targeted by schools across the country, including Arkansas, Auburn, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and a host of others.
In the state of Texas, only Dallas Bishop Dunne cornerback Chevin Calloway ranks among the top 35 players in the state, so the 'Horns may have to continue looking out of state to find elite prospects at the position after taking only one player at the position in the 2016 class.