One of the Texas Longhorns’ top overall targets is set to return to the Forty Acres for the second time in as many months, as Houston Cy Ridge defensive tackle Vernon Broughton took to Twitter to note that he’ll be back in Austin on Wednesday.
The nation’s No. 6 defensive tackle, per the 247Sports Composite, has been a mainstay on the Forty Acres this offseason. Prior to his latest trip, Broughton was on campus on May 3 for an official visit, which took place just weeks after he was on hand for the spring game. The four-star talent visited Texas in mid-January, as well.
“They’re recruiting me pretty hard,” Broughton told BON’s Joe Hamiltonin March of why Texas is a top option. “Coach Giles and Coach Herman, they hit me up. I’ve really been making a relationship with them. But yeah, they’re recruiting me pretty hard.”
“Me and him, we’re cool,” Broughton added of Longhorns defensive line coach Oscar Giles. “I like him and he likes me. He’s honest with me and really shows an interest in me. Coach Giles said if I work hard enough he sees me not redshirting and getting playing time early.”
Broughton’s latest unnoficial visit to Austin will take place towards the tail end of his official visit tour.
Following his Texas trip in early May, the top-75 nationally talent officially toured Arkansas on May 31, LSU on June 7, and was in Columbus over the weekend for an official visit with Ohio State. In the coming days, he’ll cap his final official visit with a stop to Texas A&M on June 21.
Each of the aforementioned programs were included in Broughton’s top six on May 20, as was Alabama, though the Crimson Tide are expected to finish on the outside looking in.
The Longhorns currently hold nine of Broughton’s 10 Crystal Ball picks, while Arkansas holds just one.
“If my family feels that you’re feeling me, I’m going to feel you,” Broughton previously told BON of what it will take to secure his pledge, and ultimately, his signature. “So if you love me, I’m going to love you back. If you got that with my family, then we’re good.”
The 6’5, 286-pound Broughton is aiming to announce his decision towards the end of the summer.