Emerging Lineman Looking For Offer

Buckhorn (Ala.) offensive lineman Zach Branner performed well at last Sunday's Nike NFTC Camp and is one to watch in the 2015 class.

Buckhorn, Ala.--A massive offensive lineman who has worked hard on his game following a strong junior season for the Buckhonr Bucks, Zach Branner is hoping that dedication pays off in the coming months in the form of scholarship offers as colleges continue to show interest in the 6-5, 328 prospect.

"Everything is going good," Branner tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Recruiting-wise things are starting to pick up more. South Florida has shown a lot of interest. I'm still talking to Auburn. Cincinnati, Memphis, UAB, and South Carolina are all talking to me as well. I'm still waiting on my first offer."

Zach Branner

That may not be long in coming if last Sunday's Nike NFTC Camp is any indication. Showing improving feet and a very good punch, Branner more than held his own against a quality group of defensive linemen. His biggest win of the day came when he defeated five-star defensive tackle Daron Payne in one-on-one drills.

The school that Branner knows the most about since he visited for camp last summer and for several games last fall, Auburn and Coach J.B. Grimes have remained in contact. Building a strong bond with the offensive line coach, Branner said he really likes the Tigers at the moment.

"They treat me like family," Branner said. "It just feels like home. I have had family members down there. The atmosphere is just great. It's somewhere I would like to play."

Saying that he believes UAB and Memphis may be close to pulling the trigger on an offer, Branner said getting that first one under his belt would be a huge weight lifted off his shoulders because he wants nothing more than to play college football.

"It would be huge," Branner said. "It would just be blessing."

Working on improving his quickness and strength in order to become a more explosive player, Branner said several colleges are planning to come see him during the spring including Auburn. He added that he'll visit South Carolina in two weeks before heading to the Plains for the Tigers' A-Day Game on April 19.

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