When Nick Brahms plays in the United States Army All-American Bowl next year in Texas, it will be as if the Navarre football standout has come full circle.
Brahms played in an All-American game at the Alamodome in San Antonio as a seventh grader. He’ll play in the same stadium again in January as one of the mostly heavily recruited offensive linemen in the country. Brahms, with more than 30 college offers, will be in a game that features 90 to 100 of the top high school football players in the nation.
“I met the Army All-American guys when I was there in seventh grade and wanted to be just like them one day,” Brahms said. “It’s a dream come true.”
Brahms said he received a call from the selection committee last week about playing in the game.
“I hadn’t really talked to anyone about it,” Brahms said. “When he called me and asked about playing, I told him it would be awesome. It’s crazy. It really is. I get to represent Navarre in that game and play against great talent.”
The selection committee is made up of people from XOSDigital, 247Sports and a regional network U.S. Army All-American Bowl scouts and recruiting directors. The members select athletes to watch lists and determine which athletes will be given invitations to the game.
It’s not a surprise Brahms, a junior with the Raiders, was selected as he has seen his stock rise significantly as a college football recruit.
He had only one offer back in January. It was from Florida Atlantic. After attending a Rivals.com camp in New Orleans, he was on the recruiting radar, pulling in offers from everywhere from the Ivy League – Harvard and Yale are among them – to major college football programs such as Tennessee and Oregon.
Brahms received an invitation two weekends ago to a Nike camp in Oregon as well this July.
“I didn’t expect to get the invite, but I was aiming for it,” Brahms said. “I did really well at the camp and it was cool when they called my name.”