Houston, Texas (Cy Ridge HS) defensive tackle Vernon Broughton released his Top 6 on Monday afternoon and Ohio State was among his top group. Joining the Buckeyes were Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, and Texas A&M.
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Broughton (6-5 286) is the No. 5 defensive tackle in the 2020 class according to the 247Sports Composite and the No. 70 player overall.
Currently, all eight Crystal Ball projections are pointing the Longhorns’ way.
At a The Opening regional combine back in March, Broughton ran a 5.03 40-yard dash and a 4.75 20-yard shuttle.
Here is the scouting report from 247Sports.
Big-bodied defensive lineman with potential to fit multiple positions depending on scheme. Broad-shouldered and possesses terrific height. College-ready size with frame space to easily get north of 300 pounds with good weight. Has predominantly played four-man end, but likely best fits four-man tackle or odd-front end in college. Flashes impressive quickness off the ball relative to size. Solid tackler who wraps and drives. Shows noticeable close-quarters power on tape. Active defender with a high motor. Engaged and aware vs. the run. Athletic enough to track down plays from behind in backside situations. Does a great job minding pad level and playing with leverage. Shows a promising inside spin move, but will need to expand pass-rushing repertoire. Can improve arm extension and consistency with hands, in both placement and violence. Athletic build for his size, but a bit top-heavy. Power 5 starter and potential all-conference player who should hear his name called in the NFL draft.
Broughton has already taken an official visit to Texas earlier this month. He has been to both Texas and Texas A&M twice this spring.
Ohio State offered back in January.
Obviously, if the Buckeyes are going to have any shot of getting Broughton to leave the state, they’re going to have to get him to visit. Fortunately for them, he is planning on taking an official visit to OSU before he decides later this summer.
Ohio State is still looking for their first defensive line commitment in the 2020 class.
Cincinnati defensive end Darrion Henry recently tweeted that he would be moving up his commitment timeline, which shouldn’t impact OSU negatively.
The Buckeyes are also looking to get a visit from 4-star defensive tackle Kedrick Bingley-Jones (No. 14 DT). He is planning to take his Ohio State official visit the weekend of June 21, which is building up to a huge weekend for OSU.
This is also expected to be the date of the annual Friday Night Lights camp. Bingley-Jones has set a commitment date of August 3.
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