AUBURN, Ala. — The top offensive lineman in the state of Florida for the Class of 2017 is already committed to Auburn, and it’s possible that another will join him in the coming weeks.
Nick Brahms, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound prospect from Navarre (Fla.) High School, named Auburn his leader Saturday after participating in Big Cat Weekend. A four-star prospect, Brahms is rated as the No. 10 offensive guard in the nation and said Auburn is recruiting him to play either center or guard.
“Just the family [atmosphere],” Brahms said about why Auburn leads. “I don’t think they just say it. I think they mean it here. That’s what I felt today.”
He also noted that his family has friends that live nearby and called The Plains “the perfect situation right now.”
One person trying to persuade him during the event was five-star offensive tackle Calvin Ashley, the No. 2 player in Florida and an Auburn commit since this event a year ago. Another is Auburn’s new offensive line coach Herb Hand. Considered an ace recruiter and a big pickup for the Tigers when they lured him from Penn State, Hand is also an ace in the kitchen. That means something to an offensive lineman.
“I heard about his time on “Chopped” and I went and watched the video. “Chopped” is cool,” Brahms said. “It’s too bad that he lost though. He invites the O-line over a lot and cooks for them. That’s cool.
“He’s a great coach. He does a ton of stuff with LeCharles Bentley (and O-Line Performance). I read all of his stuff. He’s a great coach. I’ve read up about him and done my research on him.”
Brahms has a clear plan for the path that leads to his commitment. He is going to visit North Carolina, Duke, Oregon and make a return trip to Miami. He is also hoping to receive an offer from Stanford, and has all of the academic requirements in order should the Cardinal oblige.
For now, Auburn is “pretty up there.” The Tigers hope his connections and his comfort level here help lead to another offensive line commitment from the Sunshine State.
He wants to make his decision before the start of the 2016 football season.
“Once I commit, I want to be 100 percent committed,” Brahms said. “I want it to be meaningful. I’m going to explore all my options and then once I do it, I’m going to be committed. That’s it.”