ORLANDO, Fla. — Through the recruiting process, Nick Brahms and Alex Leatherwood have become best friends.
Brahms, an Auburn offensive line commit, has said multiple times that he continues to court the 5-star Alabama commit. Brahms’ family drove Leatherwood to several camps and visits across the Southeast. As recently as last week, Brahms’ Twitter photo wasn’t of himself — it was a close-up of Leatherwood.
Leatherwood has been committed to Alabama since June 2015. And while Brahms won’t give up, Leatherwood plans to go from the Under Armour All-America Game to Alabama for national championship practices (at least if the Tide beat Washington). So Auburn shouldn’t expect to flip the 5-star offensive tackle despite the fact he took an official visit.
Auburn will get Brahms, however, who will enroll early. Leatherwood said Thursday that the Tigers are receiving a gem.
“I feel like he’s going to do very, very well. He’s a great competitor. He learns quick. He’s smart, and he’s a very professional player,” Leatherwood said.
Brahms is a 4-star recruit and the No. 146 overall prospect in the 2017 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He is listed as an offensive guard — No. 8 at the position in the country — but, according to Leatherwood, Brahms is a multi-talented lineman who can be successful at either of the interior offensive line spots.
That versatility should allow Brahms to thrive at Auburn, Leatherwood said.
“He can play center or guard. So I feel like he fits that system well,” Leatherwood said. “He’ll go in and mold into a great player.”