"Honestly, I was a late bloomer when it comes to recruiting, I think my major weaken as a player is my weight which is 250 pounds."
Of course weight can be added by the program with a good strength and conditioning staff. Inherent athleticism and ability cannot. And that's what Brander brings to Duke.
"I play football, basketball, baseball, and track, and I feel like I am a very good athlete. I am going to play offensive tackle or, perhaps, tight end."
So what made it Duke for Brandner?
"The coaches there are just the kind of people I want to be around. I really enjoyed working with Coach Cutcliffe, Coach Jones, and Coach Latina."