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In-state offensive lineman Hunter Brannon spends time with new 'Bama OL coach Brent Key

Alabama hosted many top prospects over the weekend and its new coaches got the chance to represent the Crimson Tide in front of many for the first time. Offensive line coach Brent Key made an impression on an in-state talent.

Culllman (Ala.) offensive lineman Hunter Brannon has been a busy prospect of late and his travels took him to Tuscaloosa, Alabama for the Crimson Tide's elite junior day on Saturday.

The visit enabled the 6-foot-3, 275-pound interior prospect to meet new Alabama offensive line coach, Brent Key.

"It was great, I love coach Key and all the coaches. They are great," he said. "He said he got there just three weeks ago. He was joking around with me all day and cuttin' up with me. He is the best, really nice and smart."

Brannon, who played offensive line for the first time in 2015 and became an All-State selection, reports considerable interest from the national champs. 

"He (Key) is extremely interested," he said. "He loved the fact that I'm super physical and tough. He was astonished that I weighed as much as I did and still been able to move as well as I did in my film. He likes my footwork and my film."

A scholarship offer is being discussed.

"They just got to figure out the numbers on their centers they need," Brannon said. "They said they will figure all that out later, throughout the year. They are extremely interested, they said just give it some time. 

"It would mean the world to me, especially since all my uncles went through college and played in the NFL afterwards (Wesley Taylor and Justin Britt)." 

The rest of the junior day event stood out for the in-state prospect, too.

"We tried on the jerseys, they showed us some academic buildings and ate some good food," he said. "And then we went on the field and went into the locker room. It was so much fun." 

Jacksonville State offered Brannon last week, it was his first. He says Mississippi State, Georgia, Alabama and others seem close to doing the same.

"I'm truly blessed and humbled by this recruiting process," he said. 

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