BEAVERTON, Ore. — For many big-time high school football prospects, committing to a school presents a level of stress and anxiety most teenagers are not accustomed to.
Nick Brahms was no different.
The 6-foot-4, 285-pound, 4-star offensive line prospect from Navarre (Fla.) High School found some relief after committing to Auburn’s 2017 class. Brahms announced his pledge Saturday on ESPNU at The Opening, Nike’s premier summer camp featuring more than 160 of the top football prospects in the nation.
“I feel great,” Brahms told SEC Country’s Corey Masisak at The Opening on Sunday. “It’s so much pressure off my shoulders. It’s a blessing.”
Brahms cited Auburn’s close proximity to his home (228 miles), the school’s aviation program and the people as the main reasons for his commitment.
“It’s a family (at Auburn),” Brahms said. “They don’t just say that, they actually mean it.”
Primarily recruited by Tigers assistant Herb Hand, Brahms now can look forward to trying the offensive line coaches’ cooking. Hand, who is in his first season at Auburn, was featured on the Food Network’s competitive cooking show Chopped in 2014.
“I heard about him on Chopped and watched the videos,” Brahms told Masisak last month. “It’s too bad he lost, though. He invites the O-line over a lot and makes food for them, so that’s cool.”
Brahms chose Auburn over Tennessee, North Carolina and Miami. He is the No. 9 offensive guard and one of the top 200 players overall in his class.
Brahms in the 11th Auburn commit in the class and second from Florida, with several other key targets from the Sunshine State still available. He is also the third offensive lineman committed in the class, joining 5-star tackle Calvin Ashley and 4-star tackle Austin Troxell.
The Tigers’ 2017 recruiting class is now No. 16 nationally and No. 7 in the SEC.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.