Will Bramel, Boyle County’s Long, Lean, Edge Protection Machine

Will Bramel is from Boyle County, Kentucky, which, by the by, seems to produce both football players and football teams. The school from Danville, Kentucky once won 5 straight State Championships (1999-2003) and with players like Will Bramel, one can easily see why.

Will’s basketball/indication of elite athleticism

Bramel is a 6’6″ 271 pound edge protector who has the frame to easily add good weight at both the training table and Coach Brohm’s Strength & Conditioning program once in West Lafayette, Indiana. Bramel’s other offers were Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, South Alabama, Marshall and some others of like kind which demonstrates just how hard it is for analysts to make accurate assessments of Offensive Linemen. Kentucky Prep Gridiron assures you this kid belongs at the FBS, Power 5 level.

Will has been timed at 5.44 in the 40 yard dash and runs a 5.18 Pro Shuttle and these times are registered, verified times. As Will’s strength levels improve he will get faster, but, right now and for his size and age, he has plus speed and quickness.

The size and quickness he has plays both faster and quicker owing to his length and agility. As for agility, and having good feet, may we add he plays basketball.

How important is that? Well, Matt Overing, with The Advocate Messenger, the paper which selected Bramel it’s Player of the Year, asked Boyle County’s Head Coach and former recruiting coordinator at UK, Chuck Smith, that very question. Here’s what Coach Smith had to say about his young tackle…

He’s [Bramel] high in character, strong work ethic, comes from a good, solid family that supports him, Smith said. He’s got the skills in terms of quick feet, athletic, he plays basketball which always helps. If you play another sport, that indicates that you are athletic. That’s what college recruiters look for.

Smith continues,…He’s got the size, he’s got the height and the length for what they’re looking. He’s not heavy, but they’re smart enough to know that he’s going to put that weight on when he gets on campus and gets on their meal plan. Emphasis supplied.

Bramel has committed to Coach Jeff Brohm, formerly at WKU and now HC at Purdue University, and Will has reported in numerous publications that commitment is rock solid. For Purdue’s part, Bramel appears to be what Jeff Brohm has before shown a penchant for recruiting to the tackle position.

Bramel is tall, athletic, and lean. Bramel has some space to add muscle and we have seen, through the years, Coach Brohm prefers his tackles to be long, lean and athletic as opposed to stodgy, bulky Mammoths.

Kentucky Prep Gridiron has no trouble predicting Will Bramel will make the All-Staten first-team this year, as he was one of only two underclassmen on the 2nd team a year ago. We also firmly believe Bramel will go on to have a great career in the Big Ten Conference, however we do foresee him possibly requiring a red-shirt year to get himself properly and physically ready to block edge rushers the likes of which he will see in college football.


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Two-time winner of Kentucky Press Association awards for excellence in writing and reporting news stories while Managing Editor of the Jackson (KY) Times-Voice

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