Big Lineman Makes Return Visit to Auburn

A class of 2015 offensive line prospect discusses his most recent visit to check out the Auburn football program.

New Market, Ala.--Class of 2015 offensive line prospect Zach Branner returned to Auburn for the Tigers' first junior day of the year and notes he enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with AU's coaching staff.

"I had a blast," the big offensive guard prospect said. "I was able to talk to a lot of coaches. I talked to Coach (Tim) Horton and Coach (J.B.) Grimes. They said they are looking forward to seeing me over the summer and hopefully I will do that when they offer."

Branner, who will be a senior at Buckhorn High this fall, measured in at 6-5, 330 pounds on his visit to Auburn. That makes him one of the larger prospects the Tigers are recruiting and he may be even bigger by the time he is ready to play college football.

"Supposedly, the doctor said I could grow to be six-foot-nine," the 17-year-old said. "I don't know if I am going to get that big, but it would be nice."

Auburn offensive line coach Grimes liked Branner enough from the lineman's performance at a 2013 Auburn summer prospects camp to stay in touch.

On Saturday the lineman spent the day learning more about the Auburn football program and the university in general. "I am very interested in Auburn," he pointed out.

"I was able to do the locker room tour," Branner said. "We ate lunch with the coaches, visited the learning facilities and talked with the teachers to just get the inside info on how they work things," he said.

Branner plays offensive tackle for Buckhorn High, but might project as a guard in college. In addition to camping at AU last year, he also watched the Tigers play at Jordan-Hare Stadium during their run to the SEC Championship.

In addition to Auburn the prospect is drawing interest from a couple of other SEC programs–Missouri and South Carolina. He notes he is also hearing from North Carolina State, Memphis, UAB, Jacksonville State and others.

An athlete who has also played basketball and competed in track and field, he is focusing on just football as he works to continue to progress as a player.

Asked about how his junior season went when he was named all-metro and all-region as well as third team All-State, Branner said, "It went pretty good. I think I only gave up one sack, which is one too many, but I've gotten stronger, faster, taller and just there's always room for improvement. I never need to settle."

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