Sunday, April 20, 2014 11:55 AM
Published on: Thursday, July 25, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
Gaithersburg native Jarell Broxton has verbally committed to play college football at Baylor University in Texas.
“I had a good visit there,” said Broxton, who took an official visit to the Waco campus in late June.
Broxton, a 6-foot-6, 315-pound offensive lineman from Lackawanna College, chose the Big 12 Conference school over Arizona State and Wisconsin among others. He also had offers from Florida Atlantic, Syracuse and UCLA.
Broxton cited the “chance to start right away” and the school’s academic support system as a reason for his decision.
“They have a good business program,” said Broxton, who plans to major in sports management.
Broxton, who is entering his sophomore year at the Pennsylvania school, is the nation’s third-ranked junior college guard according to Rivals.com. He’s also rated a three-star recruit by Scout.com.
The 2011 Quince Orchard graduate is on track to join a growing list of former Cougars who earned a Division I scholarship to college including Bani Gbadyu, Zach Kerr, Terrence Stephens, Jason Ankrah, Travis Hawkins, Alex Twine and Marcus Newby.
“That’s the whole point of being in college,” said Broxton, “to win games and for me to get stronger and keep learning.”
He began his high school career at Quince Orchard on the junior varsity squad where he played for Paul Foringer and helped lead the Cougars to an undefeated season in 2007.
Broxton plans to enroll at Baylor in January just in time for spring practice.
“I’m very excited,” said Broxton. “The coaches told me they have high expectations for me coming in, so I’m ready.”