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Analysis and Evaluation of 2022 LB Commit Braydon Brus

The Southern California product has the versatility to make a real impact at Northwestern.

On June 15, Glendora High’s Braydon Brus announced his commitment to Northwestern. In his official announcement on Twitter, Brus wrote that Northwestern being a top 10 school with a top 10 football program played a big role in his decision.

He chose Northwestern over other Power 5 schools including Washington, USC, Stanford, Oregon State, Oregon, Baylor, Arizona State, Washington State, UCLA, Michigan State, Colorado, Boston College, Arizona and California.

Brus, who is 6’2” and 206 pounds, is listed on 247 sports as a three-star recruit. He signed on with the Wildcats as a linebacker, but he has showcased some real versatility throughout his high school career playing multiple positions including running back, linebacker and wide receiver.

In his junior season he was able to make some big statistical jumps despite the shortened season. In eight fewer games, Brus nearly doubled his tackles per game from six his sophomore year to 11 in his junior season.

Off the field Brus does CrossFit to stay in peak condition, and in 2019 he even finished fourth in the CrossFit Games.

Below are Brus’s highlights from his junior season along with an analysis of his strengths and weaknesses.

Analysis:

It’s appropriate that in Brus’s 247 sports profile he is listed as an ATH, meaning athlete, because of his versatility and ability to play multiple positions. He has the speed and quickness to slot in as a wide receiver or running back at any time on offense but also the strength and power to match up with other linebackers.

At 6’2” and 206 pounds he clearly has the size and strength to line up against anyone. Furthermore, he takes his weight training and conditioning very seriously so I have no doubts that he will be able to hold his own against other Big 10 competition. He’s also shown he’s quick and explosive for someone his size, both in the linebacker position and when slotted as a running back or wideout. That explosion will help him burst into passing lanes and pressure opposing quarterbacks if he’s used on the defensive side. He can track the ball well off of play action plays and has great hands and reaction speed to pick off passes, even when he’s not expecting them.

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Overall, Brus is a promising player who can be used in a variety of ways due to his versatile skill set.

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