Five-Star Braden Smith Picks Auburn

Five-star offensive lineman Braden Smith signed with the Auburn Tigers on Wednesday.

Olathe, Kan.--Rated the top offensive guard in the nation, five-star Braden Smith ended the speculation on Wednesday morning when he signed with the Auburn Tigers over Texas A&M and TCU at a ceremony at his high school. A 6-6, 296-pounder that is a dominating blocker in a run dominant offense, Smith will likely get his first look at offensive tackle for the Tigers and Coach J.B. Grimes.

Smith becomes just the second top-ranked offensive guard to sign with the Tigers in the last 12 years joining Christian Westerman in the 2011 recruiting class, but he'll be the third five-star offensive lineman on the Auburn roster joining Avery Young and Jordan Diamond.

The five-star recruit said his comfort level with the Auburn coaching staff and the opportunity to play in the SEC were major factors in his decision.

As a senior he finished the season with 82 pancake blocks on offense and 59 tackles on defense after starting both ways. He was a two-time Buck Buchanan Award finalist for Kansas City's Metro Area Outstanding Lineman.

Braden Smith National Analyst Greg Powers covers the midwest for and has this to say about Smith:

"Under Armour All-American. One of the most physically impressive specimens in the country. He is a beast in the weight room and that strength shows on tape. He has quick feet and good athleticism which allows him to pull effectively. Even though he is very muscular he is not robotic with his movement. He plays low, with good pad level and shows good flexibility. He plays both ways in high school and could play OT, OG or DT in college. He is a no frills, hard-nosed player."

What Auburn is Getting

Perhaps the most physically ready lineman in the country, Smith should have no problems adjusting to the physicality of the game on the next level. Playing guard for a high school team that excelled running the football, Smith has the feet to make a smooth transition to offensive tackle on the Plains. Because of Auburn's run-first offense it should make for good fit for the massive offensive lineman.

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