RECRUITING: OU in on OL from Stoops' hometown

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

BRANDON BRAXTON, OL, 6'6 1/2, 295, 5.1, YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO (URSULINE HS):

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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