Recruiting: Texas DE Hunter Brabham commits on visit

Hunter Brabham has visited many schools during his recruiting process.

Brabham made stops at the University of Texas, SMU, TCU, Tulsa, Sam Houston and Columbia.

None of those visits compared to Brabham’s time at West Point Sunday.

The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Hughes Springs (Texas) defensive end spent five hours touring the academy. In the middle of his visit, Brabham met with Jeff Monken and gave Army’s head coach his verbal commitment.

“It was the first time I ever stepped foot on campus,” Brabham said. “I had already thought about it and what I wanted to do before I got on campus. With all the hospitality that was showed to me today, learning all of these new facts that I didn’t know about it (the academy) – the history, all of the traditions and how it’s going to help me out in life, it just helped me make my final decision.”

Brabham added, “The hospitality was amazing. On all of these other visits that I’ve been on, they might spend 30 minutes to an hour with you.”

Army didn’t find Brabham. Brabham found Army. He followed defensive coordinator Jay Bateman on Twitter (in February or March, Brabham said). Bateman followed Brabham back. Brabham sent highlights and Army stayed in contact, offering in late June.

“I have a broad message that I send out to them (coaches) with my film, basic info (height, weight and grades),” Brabham said. “If they are interested, they message back. If not, I may never hear from them.”

Brabham is being recruited to play defensive end but he could also project inside. He’s  played defensive end, defensive tackle, inside linebacker, outside linebacker and every position on the offensive line for Hughes Springs. Army is the only Division I-A school to offer Brabham.

Before Army entered the picture, Brabham had planned to play college football, graduate and then enlist. Three of his grandfathers served in Vietnam, one in the Army.

“It’s (the military) always something I thought about,” Brabham said. “But I didn’t ever think about playing football at West Point before coach Bateman texted me back. I was going to play football somewhere and then go join (the military) for a little while and just to do my part. And then, this happened to help me out. It got me on my plan.”

2018 commits (23)
DE Hunter Brabham, 6-3, 235, Hughes Springs (Texas) HS
DT Ryan Bryce, 6-5, 285, St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, Pa.: Other offers – Rutgers, Virginia, Temple, Central Florida, Buffalo, UMass. (COMMITTED, May 30)
DE-TE Nolan Cockrill, 6-3, 230, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, June 4)
LB Morgan Ernst, 6-foot, 195, Webb HS, Knoxville, Tenn.: (COMMITTED, May 14)
DE Damir Faison, 6-foot-2, 240, Vance HS, Charlotte, N.C.: Other offers – Maryland, Rutgers, Temple, East Carolina, Georgia Southern, Appalachian State, Georgia State. Former Appalachian State commit. (COMMITTED, July 7)
CB Khalil Fleming, 5-11, 163, Northshore HS, Slidell, La.: Other offers – Air Force, May 22. (COMMITTED, April 19)
LS Cale Garrison, 5-10, 215, The Woodlands (Texas) HS: Offered after attending Army prospect camp on June 4. (COMMITTED, June 5)
WR-CB Will Hankins, 6-2, 175, Munford (Tenn.) HS
QB-RB Tionne Harris, 5-9, 178, Vianney HS, St. Louis, Mo.: Led Vianney to its first state title, passing for 2,549 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushing for 1,502 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2016. (COMMITTED, July 4)
QB Walter Harris, 6-1, 190, Northshore HS, Slidell, La.: Other offers – Navy, May 8. (COMMITTED, April 22)
LB Tim Johns, 6-3, 230, Greenwood (Ind.) HS: First FBS offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 12)
DL Tim Kater, 6-3, 265, Steelton-Highspire HS, Steelton, Pa.: First commit of 2018 class. Brother of former Army tight end Kelvin White. Other offers – Delaware, Delaware State, Howard, Morgan State. (COMMITTED, April 12)
OL Drew Kraatz, 6-6, 240, Standish-Sterling HS, Standish, Mich.: (COMMITTED, April 27)
LS Brendan Knoespel, 6-foot, 210, Antonian Prep HS, San Antonio, Texas: Other offer – Air Force. (COMMITTED, May 25)
OL Nick Kotok, 6-4, 285, Moon Area HS, Moon

The hospitality was amazing. On all of these other visits that I’ve been on they might spend 30 minutes to an hour with you. Everybody up there was talking. We spent 5 hours there. Mainly the hospitality.Township, Pa.

K Miller Kronk, 6-2, 195, London (Ohio) HS: First offer – Army. Army unofficial visit: May 24. (COMMITTED, June 1)
DE Ryan Matz, 6-3, 235, East Lincoln HS, Denver, N.C.: (COMMITTED, June 22)
FB Elliott McElwain, 6-foot, 215, Hewitt-Trussville HS, Trussville, Ala. (COMMITTED, July 4)
DB Braheam Murphy, 5-10, 160, Harding University HS, Charlotte, N.C.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, July 4)
QB-WR A.J. Payne, 6-1, 193, Americus-Sumter HS, Americus, Ga. (COMMITTED, July 4)
DL Hunter Richard, 6-3, 270, Edmond (Okla.) North HS: Other offers – Princeton, Abilene Christian. (COMMITTED, June 21)
OL Harmon Saint Germain, 6-foot-5, 280, Westfield HS, Chantilly, Va.: (COMMITTED, July 6)
DE Noah Yates, 6-foot-5, 215, Carbondale Area HS, Carbondale, Pa. (COMMITTED, July 6)

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