As a high school sophomore Justin Broiles started telling anyone that would listen that the’d be a division one athlete.
Fast forward to his senior year, and he went from zero to over thirty football scholarship offers in just over thirty days.
Now he’s not only committed to OU, but says he plans to enroll early in just over a month.
That’s a lot for your typical teenager.
“The biggest adjustment is probably staying level headed,” said Broiles. “For some one that’s never had none of this, and then all of a sudden in a month you’re at 33 you can kind of lose track where you came from, and stuff like that. So it’s always good to stay level headed.”
Helping hold Broiles in place as he takes his next steps is former Cowboy collegiate star, and Justin’s head coach, Rashaun Woods.
Who knows what it takes to get to the next level.
“He just said to be ready to come in and work because it’s going to be a grind every day,” said Broiles. “Everybody’s going to be on scholarship just like me, so he said, it’s going to be the little things that separate you.”
Like OU fans, Just has seen the Sooners secondary struggle at times, and would love to pick things up now, but looks forward to taking off from a new starting point in Norman.
“I definitely want to get out there and help out, but I know that they’re going to handle theirs,” said Broiles. “I’m going to come in and handle mine. That’s a young group right now, so growing pains and all that stuff so it’s something we have to work on it. Going in back at the bottom of the pole. That’s where I like being. I do not like being at the top. I like being at the bottom working my way up.”
The four star recruit didn’t reach these heights with out some adversity.
The memories of his late grandmother and friend, C.J. Davis, continue driving him.
“They meant so much to me, and I don’t want to let them down,” said Broiles. “Everybody’s probably saying you’re not letting them down, but failure was not an option for them, and it’s not going to be one for me.”
Broiles isn’t afraid to talk, but after OU offered, and he committed Justin had to guard against all the outside noise.
“Everybody will tell you, you’re going to be this, and this, and this and you can get lost in that,” said Broiles. “You can be like, you’re right I’m going to be this. And you can stop working, and you don’t have to work as hard because everybody’s telling you what they see for you, and you get lost in the sauce. If you stay level headed, and tell them, ‘in due time,’ things will work. ”
When it comes to the John Marshall star’s future topping everyone else is the only option.
“To be the best defensive back that’s every played the game,” said Broiles. “If that’s not your mindset then we can’t hang. If you don’t want to be the best at what you’re doing you have to get from around me.”
Justin’s next obstacle Jones High School in the class 3A semifinals while college classes begin for Broiles January 17.