Colorado 2018 commit Jarek Broussard, Bishop Lynch (Dallas) High School
Colorado 2018 commit Jarek Broussard, Bishop Lynch (Dallas) High School (Courtesy photo)
As a high school sophomore, Jarek Broussard had an opportunity to visit Colorado for a church camp.

When the opportunity came up about a year later to visit for a football camp, he couldn't pass that up.

Now, Broussard is looking forward to making the Centennial State his home after high school. A senior-to-be at Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas, the 2018 recruit gave his verbal commitment to Colorado last month.

"I had been to Colorado for a church camp once and I really liked the atmosphere," he said. "Going back from a football standpoint I thought would be even cooler. I ended up camping there and had the time of my life. I met the staff and it just felt like a place I would want to be for the next four years after high school."

A 5-foot-9, 174-pound athlete, Broussard took an unofficial visit to CU on June 21-22 and committed the next day. He has played running back, receiver and defensive back in high school, but projects as a running back at CU. Given a three-star rating from both Rivals.com and Scout.com, Broussard has scholarship offers from eight other schools, including Colorado State, Houston, Illinois and TCU.

While his mother would prefer he stays close to home, Broussard said he's looking forward to a new adventure next year.

"I honestly was trying to get away and CU, they are building something strong," Broussard said. "Just the place as a whole, I really liked it a lot."

After playing his first two seasons at Richardson High School, Broussard transferred to Bishop Lynch last summer.


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He helped the Friars (9-5) to a Division I state championship by rushing for 842 yards and 13 touchdowns and catching 44 passes for 830 yards and nine touchdowns. He added 806 yards in returns.

He played mostly in the slot for Bishop Lynch, as seniors Jermaine Mask (who signed with Southwestern Oklahoma State University) and Jaire Moore (Southern Arkansas) handled most of the running back duties. Mask and Moore both rushed for over 1,100 yards.

Broussard said he grew up playing running back, but with Mask and Moore in the fold, "I just found my way playing receiver. I'm naturally a running back."

Broussard's running back skills and instincts are on full display in his highlight reel, but whether he plays in the backfield or in the slot at CU, he's not too concerned.

"I'm planning to do whatever it takes to help the team," he said.

Broussard said he plans to take advantage of the NCAA's new early signing period in December, although he doesn't anticipate enrolling at CU until next summer.

Also a standout in track and field - where he posted a 100-meter dash of 11.57 seconds and a long jump of 21 feet, 8.5 inches this spring - Broussard said he's happy to know he's made his college choice.

"You kind of like settle down and you can focus more on your own game instead of going out of the way to try to go to this camp, trying to go to this camp, trying to impress this coach or that coach," he said. "I can just focus more on the school part of ball, helping out the team more and seeing what I can do to win another state championship."

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.