Class of 2019 standout Branson Bragg, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound offensive lineman from Crandall (Texas) recently picked up his very first scholarship offer, getting the ball seriously rolling on his recruitment.
"My first offer was from Tulsa," Bragg said. "When I received the offer, I was just amazed, kind of in shock that it happened. I was there on the visit with my grandpa and he was really happy for me, my dad and mom were ecstatic too when I told them. They made sure I knew that it was just the beginning and it doesn't change anything, that I need to continue to work hard to reach my goals.
Tulsa was a great visit, and I really liked the coaches, I could see the kind of relationships that Coach (Philip) Montgomery and Coach (Mike) Bloesch have with their players and that really appealed to me."
It did not take long for Bragg to double up his offer count, as he got his first Power Five offer only a couple weeks later from the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Big 12 Conference.
"Oklahoma State was a surprise to me," Bragg said, "and I was again amazed with that offer."
"I had gotten Coach (Josh) Henson's number and called later that day not expecting a lot, but when I was told that they were offering me I was really surprised. Although I haven't visited OSU yet I know the facilities, coaches, and players are top notch. I plan to go up to Stillwater this summer to see it all."
This past weekend, Bragg took an unofficial visit to see Oklahoma, a school that he visited during the fall to see in game action and one that has been showing him a high interest. OU has not yet offered.
"The visit was great," Bragg explained. "I've been to OU for gameday visits. I saw the work being done on the new facilities and it was just amazing, what's going on there. I love the tradition of winning at OU, and they'll continue to win. I like the offensive schemes at OU, not to mention the offensive production and how well they do what they do."
As a sophomore in 2016, Bragg had an impressive season earning 8-4A District Newcomer of the Year honors. He is a natural center, who fires off the ball quickly who can win battles at the point of attack and secure blocks on the second level.
"I think my biggest strengths as an offensive lineman are my explosiveness and my ability to stay on and finish blocks," Bragg said. "I do my best to put whoever is across from me on the ground on any given play, and college coaches have told me that they like that. My size is a factor, too, but I think the way I play is what sets me apart."