Beaverton, Ore.-- Auburn Tigers continued its strong run in the 2017 recruiting class on Saturday when four-star offensive guard Nick Brahms committed to the Tigers while at The Opening event in Oregon. Choosing Gus Malzahn’s program over Miami, North Carolina and Tennessee, the guard prospect becomes the third highly-rated offensive lineman to commit in this class.
At 6-5 and 292 pounds, Brahm is rated as the No. 12 guard prospect in the country and 197th overall by Scout. Joining forces with five-star Calvin Ashley and four-star Austin Troxell up front on the offensive line, Brahms is a player who could play tackle if needed or even center, but is expected to get his first look at guard when he gets to the Plains.
“It’s just the perfect fit for me right now,” Brahms said. “It’s a great place.
"It's just the atmosphere there," he added. "Everybody is so cool. It's just the vibe there. I see a lot of success in the future."
One of the things that stood out about Auburn was his relationship with Auburn offensive line coach Herb Hand. Heading into his first season with the Tigers, Hand’s energy and knowledge of coaching the position is something that Brahms said was important to him.
Another factor for Brahms was having his older sister heading to school at Auburn this fall where she will be rooming with Hand’s daughter in the dorms. That couldn’t have hurt the Tigers’ chances with one of the nation’s top offensive linemen.
The son of a pilot and thinking about a career in aviation as well, Brahms said seeing that side of things while on his last visit at Auburn only solidified things in his mind.
Nick Brahms is a four-star prospect.
Now with an opportunity to play several different positions on the next level with the Tigers, Brahms said it's just about finding his role once he gets on the Plains.
"They see me as a guard or center either one," Brahms said of his role in the offense. "I can fill it at tackle if they really need me so whichever."
Scout’s Take: “Brahms is one of those offensive linemen who could project as a right tackle or guard. He is a very smart, intelligent offensive lineman who picks up on things, adapts quickly, and one who is very coachable. He has a very good base and he can really anchor in the trenches. He comes off the ball quickly, he plays with balance while keeping his feet moving. He loves to finish blocks and he plays with that edge.”
Brahms becomes Auburn's 10th commitment for the 2017 class. The full list can be found HERE