Hunter Brannon (above) is shown in action at an AU football camp.
Cullman, Ala.--An avid camper this summer, class of 2017 offensive line prospect Hunter Brannon made a return trip to Auburn on Saturday looking to impress Gus Malzahn and his AU football coaching staff.
The senior from Cullman High noted he was very pleased with how he performed at the camp for linemen on Saturday when he drilled with AU’s new offensive line coach, Herb Hand.
“The camp went great,” he said. “Coach Hand was with me the whole time and I think I did a bang-up job throwing defensive linemen to the ground. I thought my footwork was good, my speed was good, I tested well. It was a great camp.”
Brannon said he measured in at 6-4, 295 pounds at the camp and said although he has plenty of scholarship offers, he is still looking for one from a Southeastern Conference program. “I really want to play SEC ball,” he pointed out.
“I think Auburn is close to offering,” Brannon said. “Coach Hand said he has offers out and doesn’t want to over-extend himself, but if that doesn’t work out he is coming to me. He says that he likes that I am worker, a hard-ass who has a little chip on his shoulder when I play football, and that is what he likes to coach.”
A starter throughout high school at left tackle, most colleges see him moving inside at the next level, the prospect pointed out. “I know my ticket to playing college football in the SEC is at center or guard, and I have been working on that a lot. I have offers out for left tackle, but the big offers are mostly center and guard.”
Brannon said he is hearing from SEC coaches at Vanderbilt, Georgia and Alabama in addition to Auburn. “I think when one pulls the trigger and offers, they are all going to offer,” he said.
“Alabama is close to offering. I talk to Coach Key (offensive line coach Brent Key) there all the time and my recruiting coach, Coach Kiffen. Coach Key says they are going to offer, they just have got to get two or three more coaches on board to see what I see and then they are going to do it. It is just right there.”
Brannon noted that he is an honor roll student with a qualifying ACT score plus he is on schedule to graduate high school in January. “That early enrollment gets the coaches’ attention because they can have me at their university on Jan. 1st,” he said.