At 6-foot-5 and 280 pounds, Nick Brahms has the size you’re looking for in a prospect that hasn’t even started his senior year yet. With the need on the offensive line at Florida, the Gators got him to visit from his panhandle home in Navarre, Florida to see what a day in Gainesville is like.
“It was great,” Brahms said late Saturday after the visit. “We got to see the athletic facilities and watch them scrimmage a little bit at practice. I always enjoy the atmosphere at Florida. There’s always a great attitude and work ethic between all the players and coaches.
A common theme from offensive linemen that get to watch O-Line coach Mike Summers coach up his players is that they like the way he does it. He gets on them when he has to, but he is a teacher first and makes sure that the message gets across.
“I got to talk to Coach McElwain and Coach Summers,” Brahms said. “We went into the meeting room with Coach Summers and I really liked the way he coached his players how to block different defenses.
He also got a tour of the facilities and was impressed with what he saw.
“I really liked the weight room,” said Brahms. “They had some top of the line things in the training room that can make a huge difference with recovery.”
The Gators are still in search of linemen and need numbers at the position. Brahms is a prospect they will continue to monitor to see where he progresses into the spring and summer.
“They like my athleticism and how smart I am in the classroom,” he said. “They are recruiting me as a guard or center.
“Coach Summers is going to come down and watch a spring practice and I’m going to be back in June for a camp and we’ll see how it plays out. I am very excited to go through the recruiting process with Coach Summers.”
As for the Gators, he certainly saw enough to keep his interest high.
“Coach Summers is one of the best in the business and I like the way they play,” Brahms said. “Florida is definitely an option for me because of the strong academics and great football. I’m definitely going to stay in touch over there and come back in the summer.”