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Elite 2020 SDE Vernon Broughton dishes on why Texas is a top school

Cypress Ridge DE Vernon Broughton gives the Texas program high praise following his recent trip to Austin.

Joe Hamilton

Vernon Broughton is a tenacious edge rusher who’s versatile enough to play inside and overpower anyone along the offensive line. The athleticism, mobility, and determination that he possesses at his size allows him to be one of the more respected defenders in the nation.

The rising junior from Houston CyRidge is surely being sought after by some of the nation’s best programs, as he’s already garnered offers from the likes of Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and USC.

While the four-star prospect was gifted with the ability to be a phenomenal athlete on the football field, as well as the basketball court, the amount of consideration that he’s received on the recruiting trail is something Broughton is extremely appreciative of.

“The recruiting process is treating me well,” Broughton told Burnt Orange Nation. “College coaches, reporters, all the attention... It’s going great.”

When asked if Texas was a school that he’s strongly interested in, Broughton emphatically said, “Most definitely!”

The Longhorns currently hold 100 percent of Broughton’s Crystal Ball predictions, according to 247Sports. There have been a multitude of reasons why Broughton is infatuated with Texas thus far, but the impressions Tom Herman and defensive line coach Oscar Giles left with him have impacted him the most.

“Coach Herman and Coach Giles, they see me going somewhere in life,” Broughton said. “They can help me get to where I need to be.”

Broughton recently made a visit to the Forty Acres to witness UT’s profound victory against USC a few weeks back, and he couldn’t have been more stoked about the environment and the Longhorns overall play.

“What stood out, most definitely was the crowd and the overall atmosphere,” Broughton eagerly said. “That place was rocking! With the coaches, everything went well. We chopped it up a little bit, but it was definitely straight.”

Texas is doing “everything right” in their efforts to recruit Broughton. From the amount of love they show him when he’s in Austin, to the inspiring conversations he has with the coaching staff on a weekly basis. Broughton just wants to see the Longhorns continue to show progression on the field.

“I just want to see them to continue to win,” Broughton said.

The Longhorns have stamped a spot as one of Broughton’s top schools.

“Add [Texas] to my list right now, most definitely.”

Broughton is ranked as the nation’s No. 200 prospect, and as the No. 26 player in the state for the 2020 cycle, per the 247Sports Composite.