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New Auburn OL Brodarious Hamm has ‘high ceiling’

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn offensive line coach Herb Hand was quick to welcome Brodarious Hamm to the plains Wednesday. (Courtesy)
Auburn offensive line coach Herb Hand was quick to welcome Brodarious Hamm to the plains Wednesday. (Courtesy)

Spalding coach Nick Davis was happy to hear Brodarious Hamm was the first of Auburn’s verbal commits to fax in their letter of intent on national signing day.

“I just checked in on him,” Davis said on the phone Wednesday morning. “I was glad everything is set.”

Davis describes the imposing offensive lineman as a physical yet mild-mannered kid who has the chance to compete for playing time early.

“He’s a big young man at 6-foot-5 (320 pounds), a physical kid, but I’ll tell you what he’s sneaky athletic for someone that size,” Davis said. “I think he’s going to be able to do everything coach Malzahn asks him too.”

Davis considers Hamm a bit of an under the radar pickup for Auburn.

While Hamm had offers from Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State and Tennessee, a torn ACL early in his career prevented many teams from recruiting the lineman earlier in his career.

“He tore his ACL as a freshman and missed his entire sophomore year and that kind of caused his recruiting to jump off a little later,” Davis said. “I don’t think teams knew what to project from him.”

Hamm played both ways in middle school, but primarily played on the offensive line following the injury. Missouri was a team that still recruited Hamm as a defensive lineman.

In the two years since his injury, Davis said Hamm developed into a complete offensive lineman with Spalding changing from option offense to the spread.

“Our offensive philosophy changed,” Davis said. “Two years ago I brought in new offensive coordinator and we changed into a spread, drop back and screen kind of team. He was always a great run blocker, but he developed into a talented pass blocker. His ceiling is very high cause he’s still learning the game.”

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Michael Niziolek covers Auburn football for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Email him at mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

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