On his preseason questionnaire, Broyles listed Reggie Smith as the toughest player he’d ever faced on the field. That’s a pretty fair answer, since Broyles resembles Sooner defensive back more than any state athlete since. But in Cowboy country, Broyles enters as more of an anomaly. In fact, he could end up being the OSU version of Smith — only a true cornerback. And if he’s able to hang onto punts and kickoffs, that’s really good news for the Pokes.
In Stillwater, Broyles has a better chance to see the field sooner. As one of the top recruits from OSU’s Class of 2007, Broyles will be expected to challenge Jacob Lacey and Perrish Cox for at least a look at corner. If Broyles makes good on all the potential — and all the drama surrounding his recruitment — he’ll avoid the redshirt he likely would’ve received had he chosen the Sooners.
The drama surrounding Broyles’ commitment last week bordered on insanity. Oklahoma would’ve been lucky to snag this promising recruit considering how obviously the Sooners slow-played him, but Broyles will be a much better fit in Stillwater. And as a bonus, Bedlam 2007 will carry an extra measure of intensity from the Gundy brothers, who were pitted against each other in the recruiting chase for Broyles.