Bragg has an early leader

Nacogdoches, Texas offensive lineman Jacob Bragg is quickly generating a buzz in east Texas.

Nacogdoches, Texas offensive lineman Jacob Bragg is quickly generating a buzz in east Texas. The region is never without talent and the 2014 prospect is considered one of the premier players to watch.

Voted his team's top offensive lineman as a sophomore in 2011, Bragg is receiving interest from several including TCU, Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Houston among others. It's likely that the interest will double over the next two years.

One school that Bragg and his family recently visited during their busy summer schedule was TCU. The 6-foot-3, 285-pounder didn't have a chance to visit with coaches however he and his family still saw plenty while they were in town.

"My parents and I went down there, we really didn't go into the locker room and weight room or anything but we did walk around campus and we loved it," he said. "The campus was beautiful and everyone was so friendly. We even talked to a freshman basketball player there and we asked him how he liked it and he said it was the best decision for him to come to TCU."

Aside from his visit to TCU's campus, Bragg also attended the Frogs' satellite camp in Kilgore earlier this summer.

"I was at the Kilgore camp, it was great," he said. "The coaching was excellent. When we were there coach Haverty knew every player that was there and they were well prepared. I was really impressed with Coach Williamson; he was a really good coach. He would show everyone what to do and what we did wrong. He was a really cool coach. Coach Patterson was also a really cool coach."

Bragg is already building a strong relationship with his recruiting coach from TCU, Trey Haverty. The TCU receivers coach is in his first year recruiting the eastern region of the state and according to Bragg, the coach is the biggest reason TCU is even on his radar.

"He's awesome, Coach Haverty is a really cool dude," he said. "He takes the time to talk to you when you call him and he's excited. When you call him he takes the time to talk to you and get to know you and I like that. That really made me interested in TCU and when I saw the other coaches at the camp that really just escalated it."

Bragg has a close relationship with his family which is why it shouldn't come as a surprise that proximity is a big factor in his decision. He also wants a program with a good winning tradition and strong academics to help him with life after football.

"Definitely looking at location, I love my family and I'd want them to be able to come see me when they want to," Bragg said. "Location is a major part of what I'm looking for. I'm looking for a winning team also. I'm looking at academics too because I can't play football forever."

With location, winning tradition and academics all key factors, Bragg is quick to point out one school that has all of those qualities. In fact, he says they're his clear leader at the moment.

"I think TCU even though they jumped up into the Big 12 they're going to be able to compete. TCU is a good school for academics too. TCU fits the bill for everything I'm looking for," Bragg said. "I like Oklahoma, Baylor and Oklahoma State too. TCU right now is an awesome place, everyone is nice. It would be hard not to commit if TCU offered."


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