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In-state offensive lineman Hunter Brannon earns Alabama offer at camp, commits soon after

Alabama added to its class of 2017 from within state lines Saturday with the pledge of Hunter Brannon, who earned the scholarship offer moments before committing.

"It's a dream come true," Hunter Brannon said Saturday after making a big decision. "I've worked so hard with these camps, going to workouts, two-a-days, I've busted it since I was six of seven (years old), wanting to play football for the University of Alabama because my uncles had. They were the Britt boys (Wesley Taylor and Justin Britt). 

"It became a reality today, it's just unbelievable. All you can do is thank God. It really is a dream come true to be apart of the University of Alabama family now."

Attenging the Champions Cookout Friday before a showcase among top linemen Saturday, the Cullman (Ala.) standout earned the right to play for Nick Saban and the defending national champions and he pounced on the possibility. 

"I'm doing one-on-ones, I'm busting it, throwing people around," Brannon said. "Saban and his crew is in the back, watching every rep. After I get done with all my reps, and I'm shovin' them to the ground and doing really good, it was probably the best camp I've done. Then they said, 'coach Saban wants to talk to you in his office.'

"I'm sitting down on the couch in his office, with all the rings just right there, it's so many, it's unbelievable."

As thoughts of the countless camps Brannon attended in Tuscaloosa without learning of the news he'd set out to hear every time, the opposite scenario was finally revealed by Saban.

"He then stands up shakes my hand and sits across from me and says, 'you've done a really great job at all these camps. Every camp you come to, you get so much better," he said. "'You started coming to camp and you were 6-2, 260, now you're 64, 290 and we couldn't be happier. Everything we've asked you to do, you've done it as hard and fast as you can with a great attitude. I would like to extend an offer to you.'

"I said 'thank you, this is my dream school, my uncles played here and now I'm committed to the University of Alabama.'"

Playing offensive line in college, while a dream come true, will be a change of position and pace should Brannon sign with the Crimson Tide. Despite having never played center during a high school game, he could be projected at the position at the next level.

"They see me as a center or guard, that's where I've been going to camp at, that's where they want me," he said. "My uncle, Justin Britt, has helped me a lot. He played center and helped me with drills, footwork, snapping the ball and doing a center's job. At all these camps, too, it just all added up.

"Then it happened." 

Brannon, who doesn't anticipate taking visits elsewhere at this time, expects to graduate from Cullman High in December and begin his Crimson Tide career in January 2017.

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