Zeke Brandle came back from a mid-season neck injury to represent North Carolina in the Carolinas Shrine Bowl and earn USA Today North Carolina All-State second-team honors. Brandle is a versatile athlete who played both sides of the ball, at defensive end and tight end at Chase High School. Brandle likely projects more so at defensive end for the Mountaineers, but may get a look offensively somewhere along the way.
Brandle has been a two-time All-Cleveland County selection, in spite of his injury-riddled senior year.
Brandle is a tough brawler at defensive end and a very physical receiver, who uses his size and strength to overpower defensive backs. It will be interesting to see how Brandle develops once he’s in the strength and conditioning program, and what becomes his best position. Expect Appalachian coaches to give him looks at multiple positions before placing him anywhere permanently, but defense is likely to be his initial destination.
RECRUITING COORDINATOR & COACH SCOT SLOAN ANALYSIS
ZEKE BRANDLE HIGHLIGHTS
KEY MOMENT: Note at 0:33 that he rips inside of the tackle’s block, takes on the running back block, but always has his eye on the QB and knocks down the pass.
APP STATE MANIA ANALYSIS
On either side of the ball where he eventually ends up, Brandle brings exceptional burst for a guy his size. He’s relentless and just naturally powerful, scary to think what he’ll turn into with the App State strength and conditioning program. Brandle gives the staff some options at multiple positions, so expect him to get looks in different spots.