April 15, 2009

Louisiana QB plans return trip to Ole Miss

Terrance Broadway has one major Southeastern Conference offer in his pocket already.

The dual-threat quarterback from Baton Rouge (Capitol), La., isn't satisfied, however. Instead, he's looking for a couple more, and he's willing to work for them.

Broadway, a 6-foot-1, 197-pounder with 4.7-second speed in the 40-yard dash, spent this past Saturday at Ole Miss. He left Oxford without an offer, but he didn't leave disappointed.

"We discussed an offer from Ole Miss," Broadway said. "They got some game film from me -- one of my games and a highlight tape. They liked my film, but they want to see me throw live, so I'll be down on June 25 for camp."

Broadway, who picked up an Alabama offer earlier this spring to go along with offers from Connecticut, Nebraska and Louisiana Tech, liked what he saw while watching the Rebels' second scrimmage of the spring.

"(Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt) and the other coaches there are more like father figures at the school with the players," Broadway said. "They're real close with all the players and they're just great guys to be around. Coach Nutt has a big house out there and the players say they go there and fish and ride horses. They're just great guys to be around.

"I just wanted to keep my options open and check another couple of SEC schools. Alabama was my first offer but I wanted to check out (Ole Miss') facilities and their coaches, and I'm happy I did. I think I would fit in great with the offense because they run the 'Wild Rebel,' and if I was to happen to go there, they wouldn't have to switch quarterbacks in and out because I can do both. I can run and I can throw. The offense really fits me, and I fit the offense."

Broadway also got a chance to tour some of the Ole Miss campus and check out the FedEx Academic Support Center. The size of the Ole Miss campus could work in the Rebels' favor.

"They said there are only like 16 students per classroom and you're not just a social security number," Broadway said. "That really impressed me right there, also. All the teachers know all the students. The tutors and stuff like that that they provide you is really good."

Broadway, who completed 97 of 142 passes for 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns versus just five interceptions, said he's hoping to make a decision sometime this summer after he camps at LSU in early June, Ole Miss on June 25 and at Alabama in late July.

"If I keep up the offer from Ole Miss, it'll really have me thinking because I really was impressed with Ole Miss and what I saw," Broadway said. "I will probably make my decision after I pick up the offers from Ole Miss and LSU. I'll probably make my decision in August.

"It'll come down to the SEC schools and the other schools that have offered me -- Nebraska, Connecticut and Louisiana Tech. Those are schools that I'm very interested in, but I'd love to pick up the other SEC offers. Those are big-time SEC schools."

Distance from home won't be an issue, Broadway said. The obvious proximity from his home to the LSU campus won't necessarily work in Les Miles' favor, either.

"Sometimes they say it's good to get away from home," Broadway said. "It wouldn't be too hard. My mom stays down here, but 5 hours away isn't that bad if I were to go to Ole Miss or somewhere else."

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