Even though last week's Army Junior Combine was mainly for the 2015 prospects, there were several sophomores that stood out with their size and athleticism.
Breland Brandt, 6-foot-4, 215-pounds, put up good numbers in the individual testing and also showed his athleticism going through one-on-one drills. He could project to tight end, linebacker or defensive end at the next level, even though he has two years of high school remaining.
"It was great for me to come all the way from California to be here, and everything went really well for me," Brandt stated. "I've met some great coaches and the competition has been awesome. Since I've only played one year of football I wasn't sure how I would measure up to these guys, but I've done really well."
"My testing seemed to impress the Army people, especially my 4.4 shuttle time at my size," he added. "I also had a 36" vertical, but I thought that might be higher since I'm still playing basketball right now. I wanted to do both tight and end and defensive end for position drills, but they only let me do one so I'm going to do defensive end."
Although he holds no offers to date, Brandt is hearing from a few schools and two are standing out to him.
"I am hearing from UCLA and Ohio State, and I'm hoping this combine can show other schools what I can do athletically," Brandt said. "I really like UCLA because they're such a great school, and they're close to home."
"Ohio State is the school I've rooted for all my life, so it would be great to hear more from them," he continued. "Distance from home won't bother me choosing a college at all, and I'm going to go where I feel the most comfortable."
"I want to go to a bunch of college camps this coming summer, and we will be sitting down to go over that in another week," he concluded.
EVALUATION: Brandt is just a big, fast, raw athlete right now, but he has the skill set to play college football at a high level. He has only played one year of football, and is still a sophomore, so he could take giant leaps forward over the next two years. His size, speed and athleticism is on par with players being recruited to Top-20 programs.
Brandt Hearing from UCLA
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