With an important need at offensive tackle next season, South Carolina secured an early commitment from one of the top JUCO tackles in America this recruiting cycle in Georgia Military College standout Kaleb Broome. The 6-6, 320 pounder was recently named a First Team NJCAA All-American for his dominant play this fall, and he is set to enroll at USC in January to begin his Gamecock career.
Kaleb Broome, a native of Aiken, SC, has now graduated from junior college, and he will officially sign with South Carolina during a ceremony at his alma mater, Aiken High School, this afternoon. After growing up a Gamecock fan, Broome said it is the realization of a lifelong dream to play football for his childhood favorite in his home state, especially after all of the obstacles that he has had to overcome along the way.
“I’m going to sign with South Carolina at my high school. It‘s going to be fun. I‘ll have my high school coaches, my family, and my friends there,” said Broome. “The atmosphere of playing at South Carolina is going to be exciting. I’m from South Carolina, it’s my home state. I grew up a Gamecock fan. It’s going to be like a dream, it’s going to be awesome. This is what I’ve been working for since I was in middle school. It’s always been a dream of mine, and I’m ready for the challenge. I’ve been through a lot to be where I am now.”
According to Broome, he has a strong relationship with USC offensive line coach Shawn Elliott, and the two have discussed the opportunity that Broome will have to make an immediate impact in Columbia next season.
“I’m really excited about being a Gamecock, especially with the opportunity I have to go in and play because of the shortage of linemen. I‘m really excited about playing for Coach Shawn Elliott. I talk to him regularly, and we have a really good relationship. He’s just a real fun guy, he’s real exciting. He makes you enjoy what you’re doing, he keeps it fun. That’s one reason why I chose South Carolina, because of Coach Elliott,” he said. “Coach Elliott would like me to come in and start. Most of the other tackles they have are freshmen and sophomores. He wants an experienced player to come in and take over the job so we can go win a championship. It’s pretty exciting.”
Broome played offensive guard during his first season at GMC, but he made a successful transition to right tackle this year and became the anchor of the Bulldogs’ offensive line. The physically imposing lineman, who will also likely play right tackle at USC, discussed how he performed in his sophomore season at Georgia Military.
“I think I played well. We had a great season. We only lost three games, and we beat the number two team in the nation, Snow College. I competed well against (one of the top defensive ends in junior college, Toby Jackson), and I only gave up one sack all year. It was really fun.”
When asked to describe himself as a player on the football field, Broome replied that he has a lot of physical tools, but mostly he just prides himself in getting the job done as a lineman.
“I’m very quick for my size. I’m strong, and I just get the job done,” he said.
Only days away from arriving in Columbia to begin his Gamecock career, Broome wanted to pass on a message to South Carolina’s fans, letting them know that USC is getting a player who has high goals and a hard-working mentality.
“I’m really excited about becoming a Gamecock. I’m looking forward to coming in and working my butt off, getting the job done, and hopefully having another chance at an SEC Championship and maybe a national championship. I’m all about my business.”