Cy Ranch defensive lineman Vernon Broughton was all smiles at spring practice. (Mike Craven)

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Meet the Longhorns: Vernon Broughton’s ceiling at Texas is as big as his ever-growing frame

Posted December 18th, 2019

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Vernon Broughton, defensive tackle, Houston Cypress Ridge

FYI: 4-stars; 6-5/286; No. 11-ranked DT

Fabulous 55 ranking: 9th

Committed: July 17

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What he brings to Texas’ table: Broughton is a former defensive end who’s growing into an athletic defensive tackle. He’ll be moved around in Texas’ odd man front if new defensive coordinator Chris Ash keeps it. Broughton’s continued growth will determine his eventual landing spot, whether it be at nose guard or as a jumbo defensive end like Charles Omenihu or Ta’Quon Graham.

He didn’t start playing football competitively until he was a freshman in high school, meaning his potential is untapped. The upside is as immense as Broughton’s frame because of his length, strength and athleticism.

Texas missed on the state’s best defensive lineman in 2019 when DeMarvin Leal picked Texas A&M. The Longhorns have evened the score by landing Broughton, the state’s best defensive line prospect this year. He’s a versatile athlete with experience playing on the edge. That should give him an advantage pass rushing against interior linemen.

Broughton is a future starter if he proves himself as a consistent force against the run.

He said it: “Basketball helped my motor. It’s instinct from running up and down the court. The fourth quarter is a fight. You have to push through it.” — Broughton

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A list of Texas commitments in the 2020 recruiting class.
PLAYERPOS.SCHOOLSTARSCOMMITMENT DATE
Hudson CardQBLake Travis4May 25 (2018)
Logan ParrOGSan Antonio O'Connor4Oct. 28 (2018)
Jake MajorsOGProsper4Jan. 24
Jaylen GarthOTPort Neches-Groves4Feb. 17
Jaden HullabyATHBishop Dunne3March 30
Ja'Quinden JacksonQB/ATHDuncanville4June 3
Kitan CrawfordCBJohn Tyler4June 21
Prince DorbahOLBHighland Park4July 9
Vernon BroughtonDTCy Ridge4July 17
Andrej KaricOTSouthlake Carroll3July 24
Bijan RobinsonRBSalpointe Catholic (Ariz.)5Aug. 2
Jerrin ThompsonSLufkin4Aug. 11
Xavion AlfordSAlvin Shadow Creek4Aug. 16
Troy OmeireWRFort Bend Austin4Sept. 20
Dajon HarrisonATHHutto3Nov. 5
Sawyer Goram-WelchDTLongview3Dec. 15
Jaylan FordOLBFrisco Lone Star3Dec. 19
Kelvontay DixonWRCarthage4Feb. 4

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