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Four-star OL Nick Brahms picks Auburn on ESPNU’s The Opening coverage

Offensive lineman Nick Brahms celebrates receiving an invite to The Opening finals.
Offensive lineman Nick Brahms celebrates receiving an invite to The Opening finals. Courtesy of Student Sports

Auburn landed a high-profile recruit in a high-profile way Saturday night.

Offensive lineman Nick Brahms verbally committed to the Tigers during ESPN U’s broadcast of The Opening, an annual Nike-sponsored recruiting showcase held at the company’s world headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon,

“I will be taking my talents to Auburn University,” Brahms said revealing a Tigers undershirt. “War Eagle.”

Brahms qualified for the annual Nike-sponsored recruiting showcase at a regional event in New Orleans during the spring where he ran a 5.22 40-yard dash and a 4.8 second 20-yard shuttle run.

The lineman out of Navarre High School in Florida narrowed down a list of 30-plus scholarship offers to Auburn, North Carolina, Tennessee and Miami.

Auburn offensive line coach Herb Hand reacted with a series of tweets alluding to Brahms decision.

“Building a beast crew,” Hand tweeted with an accompanying animated image of Bill Murray’s colorful celebration from the film “Kingpin.”

It’s easy to see how Hand could be excited with the 6-foot-4, 285-pounder giving the assistant coach a third highly-touted prospect in this recruiting cycle.

Brahms is ranked as one of the top 10 guards in the country by 247 Sports.

Auburn’s 2017 class now includes verbal commits from Brahms along with five-star First Academy offensive tackle Calvin Ashley and four-star Madison Academy offensive tackle Austin Troxell.

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