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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Indiana OL hearing from BCS winner

By Jared Shanker

A name to watch in Indiana in the 2014 class, Drew Broughton (Fishers, Ind./Fishers) has caught the attention of college coaches, including one BCS bowl winner.

The 6-foot-4, 260-pound interior offensive lineman made five unofficial visits during the fall, including Allstate Sugar Bowl champion Louisville.

“I’ve been hearing quite a bit form Louisville,” Broughton said. “I like Louisville, and it was cool to see them go as far as they did.”

Cardinals coach Charlie Strong has even remained in contact with Broughton, messaging with him periodically and sending letters regularly. Broughton will visit Louisville again whether for a junior day, spring practice or summer camp.

Ball State, Central Michigan, Indiana and Purdue also hosted Broughton for visits, and the other Cardinals -- Ball State -- are showing just as much interest as Louisville and maybe more. Ball State stopped by Broughton’s school twice over the last few months.

Cincinnati and Purdue were interested in Broughton before the coaching changes, and he has yet to talk with the new staff at either school. Duke and Iowa are also in contact with Broughton, and the Blue Devils want Broughton to keep in touch.

“I’ve been talking to one of their coaches on the phone. It just started recently,” he said. “He wants to talk every week or two just to see how things are going.”

Broughton played offensive tackle as a junior, but he knows his future is likely at guard or center. He is spending the offseason fine-tuning his skills as a lineman.

“Some things I need to work on to improve are hand placement and explosion,” Broughton said. “But coaches say I have pretty good feet. I worked on that from sophomore to junior season so I was pretty happy with that.”