First game on purpose. Third game by accident. Either way, I have watched the Branham brothers from Columbus Northland High School do their thing on the football field twice.
First game, which was against Mansfield Senior, was tough for both boys. John(2019) was playing running back with a small cast on his hand. Kalil (2020) was gaining some time at wide receiver.
Last Friday, I wanted to see two players from Granville High School, and Granville was hosting Northland. Both boys are getting better at their positions. JJ is healthy now. Kalil seems to be getting more comfortable at the WR position.
John, guessin 5’9-210, is a power inside runner with good speed through the LOS. Breaks tackles and is better after the first contact. Good vision to make the cuts. JJ has the strength and power, but needs to keep working on hip flexibility. Athleticism and flexibility are two areas that he needs to keep getting better. Power – not a problem at all.
Kalil, guessin 6’1-190, is a big target. Will catch the ball over the middle. Catches the ball on the run really well. Strong hands. Needs to keep working on precision route running, but will be fine. Fast after the catch. Willing to block. Needs better initial quickness, but he can fly with the ball.
Both boys seem to be workout warriors. Both are state track meet competitors. JJ ran on the 4X100m relay team. Kalil scored in the open 400. Kalil’s favorite sport, originally, was baseball. Good eye hand coordination.
As far as “offers,” to which I do not pay much attention, both the brothers are starting to collect them.
Since I have watched them play, toughness and contact are no problems. I really want to see them this spring in track spikes and, for sure, next summer at camps. I am sure that they are both flexible, but I need to see first hand.
Excited for both Kalil and John or “JJ,” as well as Northland’s new head coach, Brian Staats, an old friend of mine.