July 28, 2009

2011 New York QB drawing interest

At this early stage it's tough to tell whether a letter from a coaching staff indicates real interest based upon what they know, or whether the school is just putting out feelers.

Regardless, it's a good bet that you'll be hearing more about dual-threat quarterback and athlete Ashton Broyld as time goes on. The Class of 2011 signal caller from the Empire State has a lot of things going for him -- namely, natural ability and a drive to improve every aspect of his game.

Last fall Broyld was at John Marshall High School, and while at the school he passed for 1,695 yards with 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He showed the ability to beat defenses with his legs, rushing for 600 yards and nine scores. All in all, he led his squad to a successful 7-2 season.

This year Broyld is at Rush Henrietta, and the 6-foot-4, 228-pound prospect hopes the change will be good for him. He doesn't know too much about his new team just yet.

"Being at a different school, I really haven't seen too much. I think we're gonna be pretty decent.

"I'm trying to improve on my touchdown-to-interception ratio and I'm working on my deep ball. Some schools will probably recruit me as a quarterback, but some might recruit me as a safety or outside linebacker. I only play on offense now though. It really doesn't matter what I play in college, as long as I get on the field."

Thus far Broyld has received handwritten letters from coaches at UCLA, Florida, Oregon, Maryland, Syracuse, Pitt and Buffalo, among others. The schools have mostly just been looking for basic information on him thus far.

Broyld was able to attend a couple of camps earlier this summer.

"I went to the Michigan camp and a University of Virginia one-day camp. At Michigan I didn't feel like I was doing real good. I felt like I should have done better. I talked to coach Rod Smith before I left. He said they might be inviting me to some games this fall.

"At Virginia I talked to the head coach. My uncle played at the University of Virginia, and he's giving me a good recommendation. I don't know if he (Al Groh) was interested but we had a conversation."

Broyld said it is very early and he has a lot of favorites, but admitted he would like to hear more from Florida and Michigan.

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