Georgia Tech's fans and coaches got some outstanding news on Saturday afternoon, and it came from the father of one of their current players.
Parker spoke with Coach Sewak and Coach Johnson this morning. He has decided to commit to GT. We are all very excited for him.— Mike Braun (@CoachBraun72) August 29, 2015
That's the father of current fifth-year senior OL Trey Braun, announcing the commitment of one of Georgia Tech's top 2016 OL targets. Parker Braun's commitment to follow in his brother's footsteps is a huge accomplishment for the Yellow Jackets' coaching staff, after Braun was thought to be a heavy Duke lean very recently. Parker recently moved from Tallahassee, FL to Hallsville, TX, where his father is now coaching for his high school team.
Braun commits to Georgia Tech over that offer from Duke, as well as offers from a slew of other top-level Power-5 programs, including the likes of Auburn, Arkansas, Florida, Miami, Ohio State, and South Carolina, as well as offers from high-academic schools such as Stanford, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, and two of the service academies. He's a 5.7-rated (high three-star) OT prospect per Rivals, and a three-star (.8712) OG prospect per the 247Sports Composite rankings. It should be noted that he's the #32 OT prospect nationally per Rivals, and the #18 OG prospect in the country per 247Sports. Simply put, this is a huge pickup for Georgia Tech moving forward.
A look at his highlights shows why Parker is so regarded as an offensive lineman. The first thing that jumps off the screen is some really impressive athleticism and mobility. Though he's listed at 6'3" and 272 pounds, Braun moves extremely well and plays very well in space. He's also very adept at positioning himself to gain leverage on his blocking targets. He turns his hips and shoulders well and does a really nice job of turning defenders away from ball carriers. All of that, not to mention that he's an extremely physical player who's likely to beat down and really frustrate opponents over the course of a game.
Braun is arguably Georgia Tech's highest-rated commit thus far, and appears to be a perfect fit for Paul Johnson's offense. As much as some had been getting restless regarding the relatively low number of commits in recent weeks, Braun's commitment was one that will unquestionably have been worth the wait.
Congratulations to Parker and his whole family on his commitment!
Like what you see from Braun? Impressed with the job done by Mike Sewak here?