RECRUITING: OU in on OL from Stoops' hometown

Youngstown, Ohio OL Brandon Braxton talks about his favorites and his interest in Oklahoma.


Brandon has developed into one of the top offensive linemen in the country. His size and athletic ability has now made him a hot commodity among the collegiate ranks. Braxon has started for the last two years at offensive tackle and he added a little defense to his resume this past year.

"I say I have developed a great deal," said Braxton. "I am so much better now than when I was a sophomore that you can't even tell I am the same player. I have been named first team All-State and All-Conference and things are going well for me.

"Last season I averaged 88 percent blocking at the line of scrimmage, but this year I am not sure what I graded out at. I am sure it was better, but our coach hasn't told me how I graded out. I am sure I have quite a few pancake blocks as well as I usually handled my guy pretty well."

Braxton can bench 330 pounds and he is a starter in hoops (15 ppg and 11 rpg). Braxton has narrowed his recruiting choices down to a top seven at this point and he has visits set as well.

"My first visit was supposed to be at Nebraska, but I cancelled that because of their coaching change," said Braxton. "I go to Oklahoma next week (12-19) and then I will to Miami in January. I will also visit LSU and Georgia in January. I don't have a favorite right now and I am keeping an open mind."

Braxton has always had an interest in Oklahoma, but now it is getting serious.

"I have always been a big fan, but it is not like I am locked into OU," said Braxton. "They have a great team and they are now showing me a lot of interest. I want to go down there and see what they are all about."

The Sooners and everybody else is recruiting Braxton at offensive tackle.

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