When most college coaches take their first look at Ashton Broyld, they view the 6-foot-4 inch, 250 pound Broyld, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds, as a linebacker. Then after watching him throw, they see that Broyld, a Rush-Henrietta High School product from Henrietta, NY, should be playing quarterback at the next level.
Broyld's unique blend of size, speed, and the ability to throw the ball on the run has many college coaches up and down the East Coast sending him mail. Broyld has heard from Maryland, Virginia, Michigan, Alabama, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Florida and Rutgers, and has an offer from Akron.
After looking at the family tree of Broyld, one would think that Maryland and Virginia have instant advantages. Broyld's father played for the University of Maryland and Broyld's cousin, Brandon Albert, who is now the starting left tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs, went to the University of Virginia.
Still, Broyld is keeping his options open. Now that is high school season has ended, Broyld is starting to look into schools to visit.
We haven't discussed which schools he's going to visit yet, said Joe Montesano, Broyld's high school coach at Rush-Henrietta. He hasn't really decided which schools to visit. It's a new process for him and us.
While Broyld has yet to visit a school, Montesano seems to know one major sticking point that will have a huge impact on Broyld's college decision. Broyld does not want to be moved to linebacker. Another possible factor in Broyld's decision could be the opportunity to play in the spread offense.
He wants to go somewhere where he has the opportunity to play quarterback, Montesano said. He's played all three high school years in the spread offense. What makes him special is his ability to run the ball, since he's so big and strong. I think the spread is a great fit for him.
Broyld may not be a well-known recruit because he plays in Upstate New York, which not typically a good football recruiting area. Still, Montesano believes that Broyld will be an impact player at the next level. The team that takes a chance on him could be rewarded handsomely.
I think for him, it's going to be, who's willing to offer, and what's the best fit at the time, Montesano said.