After years of experience on the gridiron, David Bramble doesn't get nervous playing football.
On Friday, he admitted to having the proverbial butterflies as the Augusta Prep senior running back/linebacker prepared to sign a college offer with Presbyterian College.
"I don't know why, but this just kind of got to me," Bramble said. "I guess it's just a dream realized. I always wanted to play in college. I'm so grateful for Presbyterian for giving me this opportunity."
Bramble, who carries a 4.0 GPA, said he was looking at colleges like Davidson and Harvard. But in February, Presbyterian came into the picture thanks to his college counselor, Ivey Harrison, being friends with a member of the Blue Hose coaching staff. Now, Bramble will join a Presbyterian squad that went 2-9 last season in the NCAA Division I Big South Conference.
"I had some doubts on whether I'd be able to go Division I," he said. "Now here I am."
Bramble started playing football when he was six. He kept playing the sport, he said, because he enjoyed hitting other players.
"It's a very demanding sport, but it's probably one of the most rewarding," he said. "Getting a perfect tackle or breaking a big run is very rewarding. It's just the little things."
He put his aggressive style on display in the Cavaliers' first game of the fall, when he took every carry on the opening drive to lead Augusta Prep to an early touchdown in its win over Bethesda.
Bramble helped lead the Cavaliers to an 8-2 record (a school record for wins), along with a first-ever home playoff contest. Bramble rushed for 1,010 yards on 115 carries and scored five touchdowns. He also recorded 68 tackles to help lead the defense.
"It was probably the most fun I've ever had in my life," he said. "I just competed with all the guys I love, doing what I love and doing it well. It was amazing."
The 5-foot-8, 185 pound Bramble, who runs the 40 in 4.65 seconds, will play running back and slot receiver at Presbyterian.
Bramble, who is taking three AP classes and an honors class at Augusta Prep, said he plans to double major in engineering at Presbyterian. In the future, he said, he wants to be an electrical engineer with the hopes of establishing a career in the telecommunications field.