By: USA TODAY High School Sports | October 31, 2016
Nick Brahms has his U.S. Army All-American jersey, but the Auburn commit won’t be able to play in the Jan. 7 game in San Antonio.
Brahms, ranked as the No. 3 guard prospect in the Top 247, broke a fibula and damaged knee ligaments in preseason practice in mid-August, ending his senior season before it began. He was wearing a walking boot as recently as two weeks ago.
He did, however, get to celebrate his selection with family, friends and teammates when the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance came to his high school, Navarre (Fla.).
“I went to all those camps as a kid and the main goal was to be an Army All-American,” he said, according to the Navarre Press. “It’s amazing to accomplish it. To represent the Army in this game is a major honor.”
He is the first player from his school to be chosen for the Army Bowl.
Brahms, who is 6-4 and 290, had been a starter since his freshman year and was a big part of Navarre being among the top rushing teams in Florida in 2015 when it finished with an undefeated regular season.
At the next level, Brahms will be joined by five-star offensive tackles Calvin Ashley and Austin Troxell as the Tigers have put together the top recruiting class for offensive linemen.
Brahms had 35 reported offers before choosing Auburn in July over other SEC programs such as Mississippi State, Tennessee and Florida.