Playmaker Prospect Gives AU Experience Thumbs Up

"I liked it a lot," this highly-regarded prospect says of his first visit to see an Auburn football game.

Mountain Brook, Ala.--Sometimes players make plays out of nowhere and that catches the attention of opposing coaches and fans alike. When you prepare to play the Mountain Brook Spartans you don't have to look any farther than wide receiver Grant Brigham to find the big play man in the powerful offensive attack of the green and gold.

A heavily recruited receiver that is receiving attention from schools all over the Southeast, Brigham tells Inside the Auburn Tigers that he's looking at a few select schools but right now Auburn is the leader for his services ahead of Alabama, Vanderbilt, LSU and Furman. Having never attended an Auburn game, although he grew up in Birmingham, Brigham says this past weekend really gave him an idea of what the Auburn experience is like.

"I liked it a lot, it was a lot of fun," he said of the Ole Miss game. "It was my first Auburn game to ever go to. I liked watching some of the Birmingham guys on the team because I had played against some of them. I thought the entrance with the smoke and having 86,000 there was incredible. That probably stuck with me first but also as far as the team, I think their defense is incredible. Their linebackers are, I think, the best in the SEC."

Admittedly an Alabama fan growing up, Brigham says he would have no qualms about attending Auburn for the next four or five years if that's where his decision-making leads him. While he's not ready to commit just yet, he notes that Jordan-Hare Stadium and the Auburn fans were a real positive influence on him Saturday.

"It didn't change anything," he says. "I still want to go to some other games and see what they are like but Auburn is definitely the most exciting place I have been to so far. That sticks with me and has an effect on me. It's pretty hard to turn down 86,000 fans."

Mountain Brook's Grant Brigham

The play of freshman quarterback Jason Campbell has had a profound impact on the recruiting of wide receivers for the Tigers this season. Just about all mention their desire to play in the same offense with him and Brigham is no exception.

"Knowing that there is the possibility of him being there for another three years and being a receiver getting to play with him when he's even bigger, better and more mature when I get there, that does have an effect," Brigham says. "Knowing that he'll be there and he'll soon be probably one of the best quarterbacks in the nation if he works hard makes you consider Auburn even more."

In the coming weeks Brigham is scheduled to visit Furman where his brother Henley is a running back for the Paladins. In his first carry at home last week against Elon College, Grant's older brother took the handoff and raced 60 yards for a touchdown. He's also set to see an Alabama game and a Vanderbilt game before heading back to Auburn for the battle with the Florida Gators.

Coming off a season that saw him catch 28 passes for 391 yards and nine touchdowns as well as playing some tailback for Coach Joey Jones' squad, Brigham was mostly known for his prowess as a kick returner. With nine kickoff returns for 270 yards and one touchdown early in the year, teams began to stay away from the speedy Brigham and try their hand other places. That worked last year, but now the offense is geared towards him and teams are paying the price.

After an easy win over Sparkman in the first game two weeks ago, Mountain Brook took on 6A power Clay-Chalkville last Friday in what was expected to be a close game. That never materialized as Brigham caught six passes for 87 yards with touchdowns of 26 and 34 yards as the Spartans ran away with what was thought to be a close game. Teams have learned not to kick to Brigham but they still have to catch him when he touches it on offense and that's something that's easier said that done.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Auburn was host to a Brigham and a Briggman for the Ole Miss game. Matthew Briggman is also a highly regarded prospect, a 6-3, 255-pound defensive lineman from Swansea, S.C., High School. He was one of the quickest linemen to visit any of Auburn's football camps this summer. He ran an impressive DL 40-time of 4.78 and has a 36.5-inch vertical leap, which is more like an explosive defensive back or basketball player.


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