“I really like Vanderbilt,” said Brandon Bourbon on his way back from Vanderbilt’s camp. “It was great looking at them up close and comparing them to all the other schools that have offered me. I plan to do the same with every school before deciding.”
Brandon Bourbon is a 6-foot-1-inch, 209-pound running back prospect from Potosi, Missouri that has wowed recruiters with his sub-4.5 forty time and other skills, earning him multiple offers with many more likely on the way.
Bourbon currently holds offers from the likes of BYU, Stanford, Kansas State, Kansas, Missouri and Vanderbilt, with schools such as Oklahoma, Tennessee, Northwestern and Arkansas showing a lot of interest.
While Bourbon has made the rounds to schools relatively close to him, he’s yet to visit two of his early favorites in Stanford and BYU, which are located out west.
“Right now we’re planning sort of a family vacation and on that vacation we’ll stop by both BYU and Stanford to take unofficial visits,” explained Bourbon. “I really like both schools, so I’m excited to see them up close and see what I like and don’t like about each school.”
Bourbon doesn’t have any dates set for the visits to BYU and Stanford, but indicated that his trip will likely occur at the end of this month or in early July.
Bourbon’s attraction to BYU stems from some of the unique aspects of the program, including the honor code.
“When I’ve had their honor code explained to me I really like it,” related Bourbon. “I like the idea of attending a school with such high standards. To me that’s a plus and a benefit BYU has. I also really like the coaching staff. Coach Higgins is the guy who has been recruiting me most and I really like him.”
Bourbon has also recently forged a relationship with top Cougar quarterback commit Jake Heaps. Bourbon and Heaps have become good friends, with Heaps giving Bourbon ready advice throughout the recruiting process.
So after committing to BYU, is Heaps pushing Bourbon to commit BYU relentlessly?
“Not really,” answered Bourbon. “He’s just been to a lot of the schools already who are recruiting me and just giving his perspective on those schools and his experience. He obviously would like me to commit to BYU, but he’s really been helpful.”
Bourbon refuses to name a favorite school currently, preferring to visit all the schools that are recruiting him and that have offered him before even forming a favorite list in his mind.
“I think it’s important just to keep an open mind until I visit everywhere,” said Bourbon. “I definitely have in my mind the most important things for me and we’ll visit the schools, compare them and then hopefully decide before the season starts.”