The Land of Enchantment is known for its southwestern charm and its beautiful scenery, not football players. This season, however there is one football player who will bring college coaches to the great state of New Mexico for something other than its aesthetics and fine cuisine.
The player in question is offensive lineman Alan Branch (6-6, 315, 5.1) from Albuquerque (N.M.) Cibola.
Branch is a very athletic big man who has been very busy this summer playing hoops for the AAU team Albuquerque Aztecs. He recently played in a tournament in Las Vegas that followed the Big Time Tournament in the Nevada desert oasis.
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This athlete is also getting some small looks at for his athletic skills as a basketball player. He plays the five spot for the Aztecs but he would project as a four.
Though Branch has some fancy moves on the basketball floor, it will be for his talents on the gridiron that he will end up gaining his scholarship and the sport he will end up playing on the next level.
“Every school that has offered me,” Branch said. “I’m interested in.”
“I went to Michigan’s camp,” Branch said. “I was able to get to know the coaching staff.”
“I won’t really have any leaders until I get a chance to sit down and talk to my parents,” Branch said.
The schools that have offered and that are in the race for Branch’s services are Arizona State, Washington State, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Michigan, New Mexico State and New Mexico.
“The quality of education will be very important to me,” Branch said. “If I don’t make it to the league, I want to go a school that offers me the best opportunities for life after football.”