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New Gopher Commit Briean Boddy Could Be A Key Addition

12/08/2011, 6:07am CST
By Chris Monter

Boddy, a 5-11, 175lb CB committed to Minnesota.

Boddy finished with 40 tackles and a blocked kick this season as the Red Ravens finished 6-4. He intercepted four passes, which he returned for 50 yards and recovered three fumbles.


Boddy was named Jayhawk Conference Defensive Player of the Week twice and also was honored as Jayhawk Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.

Briean Boddy, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound freshman cornerback from Coffeyville (KS) Community College, committed to Minnesota after visiting the campus this past weekend. Boddy was named a second team All-Jayhawk Conference cornerback this past season. GopherHole.com caught up with his former defensive back coach Nick McBroom to learn more about Boddy’s visit and commitment.

Boddy finished with 40 tackles and a blocked kick this season as the Red Ravens finished 6-4. He intercepted four passes, which he returned for 50 yards and recovered three fumbles.

Boddy was named Jayhawk Conference Defensive Player of the Week twice and also was honored as Jayhawk Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.

Boddy was a two-sport standout at Wilmington (DE) Delcastle Technical as he played quarterback and point guard for the basketball team.

GopherHole.com caught up with his former defensive back coach Nick McBroom to learn more about Boddy’s visit and commitment.

GH: What kind of player is Minnesota getting?

Nick McBroom: They are getting a very solid player. A kid that you may not think is very flashy, but he will be in the right spot. He is a kid who loves football and is a very natural athlete. Smart football player who played quarterback in high school. He was able to pick up everything we do coverage-wise. We ran a lot of different schemes, so he will be a smart, well-polished player coming in. He’ll be ready to play right away.

GH: Did you help him much with his recruitment?

Nick McBroom: Yes. Shoot, I have no life and no kids, so he and I were close. During the season, we were in the office together. He was in the office all the time. He was the type of kid that we could trust in each other and talk with each other. I knew Coach Miller and those guys really well and he came to me and talked to me. Obviously when you come to Coffeyville, Kansas, you don’t have a lot of people to bounce ideas off of in recruiting besides his family and myself.

GH: Did you know Coach Miller and Coach Kill before?

Nick McBroom: I had helped Coach Miller with a couple of kids when he was at Arizona State. Coach Kill was a junior college guy and a Kansas guy as well. I don’t know him as well, but I know our athletic director and one of our boosters know him. He (Coach Kill) has been through when he was at Emporia and at Southern Illinois. we sent several players there. We had a cornerback who went with him to Northern Illinois. He knew how the league worked and he knows how to get the right players out of the league. The same with Coach Miller. He played in the league a long time ago, so he knows the type of guys that we have and the type of athletes that go through here. He trusts our judgement and that is a good thing.

GH: Did you know Briean before Coffeyville? Did you help recruit him there?

Nick McBroom: I recruited him along with Coach (Darian) Dulin, our head coach. We kind of tag teamed him. Coach Dulin did a lot of the work, but I talked to him several times in the recruiting process. I knew Coach Bo, his high school coach in Delaware. We had a relationship before and had taken two of his kids that he had.

GH: What do you see as Briean’s strengths as a player?

Nick McBroom: His ability to think things through. To be smart. To see something coming on film and then be able to relay it to the field. To be able to know what route combinations they are running. He is very-heads up, even in special teams, knowing alignment and knowing what is coming next and being able to anticipate. Those are his major strong points.

GH: He was Jayhawk Conference Special Team Player of the Week this year, right?

Nick McBroom: He blocked a punt. Returned a punt. On our punt team as a gunner, he recovered four fumbles. No one could do much to touch him on a punt. He would have scored touchdowns on them if he would have been able to return those.

GH: Do you think that makes him even more valuable as a player because not only he plays defensive back, but he can also help you with special teams?

Nick McBroom: Oh, yes. There is no doubt. That is something that separates him from everyone else. He begs to be on every special teams. Wants to play football. Wants to practice. Wants to be out there after everyone else is done. The intangibles that you see from him is going to help everyone else be a better player as well. If someone else isn’t doing so much, he is going to effort-wise get them to be on the same page. All of those things make him invaluable. For us, he was our MVP, for sure.

GH: What was his impressions of the visit?

Nick McBroom: He loved it. He loved the staff. He loved the school. He has an uncle up there, so he has some family there. He just loved the whole atmosphere. Coach Kill and Coach Miller and those guys made him feel like family. He liked the players as well. He felt like it was an opportunity to grow as a person and as a player. He wants to be a math major and that had something to do with it with the school and all the opportunities after that was a huge plus for him. He is not a typical junior college guy.

GH: He was a qualifier out of high school, right?

Nick McBroom: He was on a bad football team, played quarterback and he is from Delaware. Those things aren’t very well recruited. You don’t get a lot of traffic through Delaware, so he and Coach Bo knew that we did good things. I told coach Miller and those guys that if he came back to Coffeyville that they wouldn’t have had a shot at him. He probably would have gone to the SEC, if he would have come back for a second season. They got a great kid and a great player out of the deal. He will come up in January. The new rule is that he doesn’t have to stay a full calendar year. He comes out now.

GH: How about your dealing with him just as a kid?

Nick McBroom: There were no dealings, except for positive dealings. There was never any kind of issue. He was always in the office. He was always in your ear and always where you needed him to be. Like I said, not a typical junior college kid. He is a great kid as well as a player. He is the type of kid who takes care of his business. You almost have to tell him to relax a little bit and be a student and have some fun sometimes. He definitely knew what he was here for.

 

 

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