December 12, 2019
Cypress Ridge High School senior Vernon Broughton, center, poses with family and friends after he was presented with his ceremonial No. 20 jersey to the Under Armour All-America Game during a ceremony at the school on Nov. 1. (Photo by Camron Wesley, Cypress Ridge HS)
By Cinthya Alvarez, Cypress Ridge HS
Dec. 11, 2019—Cypress Ridge High School senior Vernon Broughton began his football career just three short years ago, but has quickly grown and learned the game to the point where he’s considered among the best in the nation.
That designation is simply regarded as All-American, and the talented defensive lineman was formally noted as one. Broughton was honored Nov. 1 at a ceremony at the school where he was formally presented with a jersey for the 2020 Under Armour All-America Game, which is arguably the nation’s best high school all-star exhibition.
“Being an All-American isn't just being a good player, but a leader that would work hard every day and dedicate the time to the sport,” said Broughton, who was presented with ceremonial No. 20 jersey by Cypress Ridge Head Football Coach Andrew Shanle.
The 13th annual Under Armour All-America Game is set for Jan. 2, 2020 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. It will feature 100 of the nation’s top senior prospects and the teams will be coached by NFL Hall of Fame defensive backer Ed Reed and Deion Sanders. A number of past participants have excelled at the college level and reached the NFL.
Cypress Ridge High School Football Coach Andrew Shanle, behind podium, congratulates senior defensive lineman Vernon Broughton after officially announcing the football standout will participate in the 13th annual Under Armour All-America Game, is set for Jan. 2, 2020 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. (Photo by Freddy Vazquez, Cypress Ridge HS)
Broughton, a 6-foot-5, 285-pound defensive tackle, is a University of Texas commitment. His rise to becoming a national recruit and All-American is a story in itself, as Broughton’s football career began just three years ago.
“If I wouldn't have been introduced to football, I would be playing basketball, not football,” Broughton said.
Broughton’s journey began at Spring Woods High School in Spring Branch ISD, where he was introduced to the idea of playing football as a sophomore by his mother. He wasn’t sure right away – basketball was his favorite sport growing up – but gave it a chance.
As the season progressed, Broughton said he realized football wasn’t just a good fit, but that he was really good at it. The tangible proof came at the end of the season when he was contacted by football coaches at Baylor University.
“I remember I was freaking out,” he said. “I could not believe what I just heard.”
Broughton transferred to Cypress Ridge following his sophomore year and has continued to excel on the football field.
Joining him for the ceremony were his family and teammates, who Broughton credits with pushing him to work harder and never give up.
“I wouldn't be where I am now if it wasn’t for my family,” Broughton said.