The 6-3, 210-pound defensive end with 4.64 40-yard dash speed has been concentrating on his senior football season and has helped his team to a perfect 8-0 record and a No. 3 Class AAAA state ranking. Starting this Saturday in Athens, he will broaden his football focus on an unofficial visit to see the South's oldest college football rivalry as the Auburn Tigers visit Sanford Stadium to take on the Georgia Bulldogs.
A week later, he plans to be in Jordan-Hare Stadium as the Tigers take on their scandal-plagued in-state rival from Tuscaloosa, the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa.
"Our team is doing great this season," Braswell tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "We are unbeaten, the team is playing well and I am playing well." Braswell has contributed 80 tackles and eight sacks going into game nine on Friday, which will wrap up his team's regular season. (One game was cancelled following the Sept. 11 terrorist attack and was not rescheduled.)
The defensive end says the football team's success is big news in his town which gets seriously involved with the fortunes of their team. "We live in Watkinsville, which is a boring town so the football games are about all there is to do."
A three-year starter, Braswell is well-known to college recruiters even though he was too busy with a variety of projects this past summer to make the football camp scene.
"Auburn is recruiting me as a defensive end," says Braswell, who adds that AU's need for help at the position is something he has noted. So is the support Auburn fans give their team. Braswell says, "I went to a game in Auburn about this time last year. The fans are just nuts at the game. They were going crazy and I really enjoyed the atmosphere there. The coaches are real nice. There are a lot of strong Christians on the team and I am a strong Christian, too, so that is good."
His faith is so strong that Braswell says he is giving strong consideration to going into the ministry after he graduates high school, however, he says he is also seriously considering Georgia, Clemson and the Air Force Academy in addition to Auburn. "I haven't whittled down the Christian and biblical college list just yet." He adds that he plans to wait until after his high school season is finished to set up his official visits.
Braswell is host at his family's home for a bible study group on Thursdays and helps teach another class on Tuesdays.
Playing end in a 4-3 defense, Braswell lines up with his hand on the ground and has the type of frame that should be able to carry a lot more weight while retaining his quickness he uses to chase quarterbacks. "I love to pass rush," he says. "You have to be fast, you have to have moves and you have to be able to pull them off. Getting the sacks is the fun part of football."
The defensive end relies on his quickness, but he also has good strength. He bench presses 300 pounds, squats 515 pounds and cleans 300 pounds.
Tiger Ticket Extra: Braswell also sees spot duty on offense as a tight end in key situations when an extra strong blocker is needed...Georgia has the homefield advantage in this recruiting battle in more ways than one. His father played football for the Bulldogs, however, the defensive end says that Auburn is under serious consideration...As a sophomore, he started on a team that won the state championship. Braswell says the 2001 squad compares favorably. "I definitely think we can go far in the state playoffs," he says. "Right now I don't think we are as good as the 1999 team, but I think we can be better than them. We just have to cut out some of the little mistakes. If we can do that, I would favor us to win the state championship this year."