December 15, 2008

All-American speaks on MSU hire

Two-time JUCO All-American kicker Sean Brauchle could soon have another scholarship on the table.

The three-star prospect from Gulf Coast Community College currently has offers from Mississippi State and Southern Miss but with just days left before the signing period begins, Hawaii soon maybe in the mix.

Brauchle arrived back in the Magnolia State Monday morning after a weekend visit to Hawaii.

"That was my first time out there," Brauchle said. "Since I was on a recruiting trip, they spoil you. It was a good trip. I got to see a lot of the scenic area and the college itself. It was a lot of fun. It was paradise out there. Going to school there would be everything a college guy my age would want. There is a bunch of people coming in and out and there is something always happening. It's a great place."

The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder said he began hearing from the Rainbows about three weeks ago after they received his highlight tape.

His weekend getaway postponed an opportunity to meet with new Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen. Mullen was set to meet with both Brauchle and teammate Chris White on Friday but Brauchle was out of town. Mullen attempted to meet with his parents but they had a prior obligation to attend.

Brauchle said he would probably give the new head coach a call soon now that he is back at home.

Brauchle head about Mullen's hire last week on ESPN and believes it is an excellent hire for the Bulldogs.

"It's a great move for Mississippi State," Brauchle said. "They needed a offensive guy there and he has done an awesome job at the University of Florida and at Utah. He knows his stuff. I think that is going to help Mississippi State a whole lot."

If Brauchle decides to come to Starkville, he knows he would have the opportunity to play right away. MSU lost kicker Adam Carlson to graduation and Eric Richards was suspended indefinitely during the season. The only kicker currently on the Bulldogs roster is Zac Warden.

"It's great to be put right in the mix of things," Brauchle said. "There is no waiting around. I've got the talent so all I have to do is go out there and do my thing. I want to show out and there is no better way than to just go out there and start."

Brauchle said he would not mind following his current teammate White to Starkville.

"He is a good guy," Brauchle said. "He is a down to earth nice human being. I'd love to spend some more time with him. He is a good ball player and he will go far. He is a great linebacker. He is fast downhill and sideline to sideline. You look at him and say 'no way, he runs slow' but he has got great game speed and is smart. He knows when to full gaps, when to blitz and when to back off. I watched him play in high school too and have been keeping up with him. He is dedicated. He loves Mississippi State for sure."

Brauchle said he would not make a decision when JUCO signing day begins on Wednesday.

"I'm going to give it a week," Brauchle said. "I think Hawaii said they would get back with me in a week. I don't think I need to make an immediate decision yet."

Brauchle led the nation with 82 points scored this season and drilled a career-long 55-yard field goal this season against Southwest. For his efforts, Brauchle earned his second All-American honor.

"I was expecting it," Brauchle said of being named and All-American. "I was an All-American last year and a preseason All-American and would have been real disappointed if I hadn't gotten it. I would have felt like I didn't work hard enough. That was my goal to be a back-to-back All-American. I don't think down here at this school that they have had a back-to-back All-American."

Whether Brauchle decides to remain in-state or head west he says one thing is certain.

"Where ever I go I just want to make a legacy for myself," Brauchle said.

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