Brandon J. is a 26-year-old traveling nurse recruiter from Portland, OR.
Michelle said no matter what she and Brandon did together, they were able to laugh and have fun. She could envision him being her best friend in life, which is incredibly important to her when looking for her future husband and soul mate.
Brandon and Michelle will definitely have a love for basketball in common, and Brandon J. looks forward to maybe playing a little one-on-one with the Bachelorette.
Brandon even has a Christmas basketball tradition with his best friend, who once traveled all the way from the UK to uphold their holiday-game tradition.
Brandon hopes to find a passionate woman to match his passion
Brandon says he's looking for a wife with a personality that can keep up with his.
Brandon wants someone who has goals and the focus to achieve them. He doesn't want to be with someone who is still figuring herself out, and he hopes to find someone who can be his best friend and teammate for the rest of their lives.
Brandon has dabbled in different careers and once worked for Nike
Brandon currently works as a vendor staffing specialist at PeaceHealth, a position he started in September 2020.
Prior to his job as a recruiter, Brandon was a talent acquisition coordinator for Nike from January 2020 to June 2020 in Beaverton, OR.
Brandon also held down jobs several years ago as an onsite manager and recruiter for Nike AirMI as well as a social media manager for Riverdale Landscape and a management trainee for Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
Brandon first attended college at Portland Community College, where he studied entrepreneurship from 2012-2014.
Brandon then transferred to Western Oregon University in Monmouth, OR, in 2014, where he received his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Management in 2017. He also minored in Entrepreneurship.
The suitor claims he's ready to settle down and start a family
Brandon took on a lot of responsibility when he was younger, as he essentially raised his brother because his parents were always gone working.
Until he can have a kid of his own, Brandon spoils his nephew, who is also his godson, and believes he's the favorite uncle.
Brandon says he's a good listener and communicator as well as comfortable in a leadership position, which would make for a good husband and father. He also apparently thrives when helping others in his personal and professional life.
Brandon prides himself on being a fun-loving guy
Brandon tries to live life to the fullest. He once hopped on stage during a Lil Wayne and Drake concert, and he loves the comedic show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
If Brandon was asked to describe himself in only three words, he would actually choose "fun" as well as truthful and caring.
Brandon wrote in his LinkedIn that he's self-motivates and believes in treating others with respect as well as motivating them.
"I've only seen one season, and that was Matt James' season. And so I was told while watching, 'Hey, you've got to pick your favorite and see if she goes to the end.' So I was like, 'Okay, my favorite is Michelle -- basketball player, cutie, and everything like that,'" Brandon explained.
Brandon said producers cast him as they were closing casting and he was "the last one to be on the show."
Once Michelle was selected to be The Bachelorette star, Brandon's roommate urged him to sign up.
"I looked at him and I said, 'No,'" Brandon recalled. "And then three days go by and he comes back to me and goes, 'No, really. I filled out most of [the application]. Just put a couple of pictures in it and send it.'"
Brandon said his roommate believed in him when he didn't even believe in himself.
"I was like, 'Okay, I look like I'm 17 years old, first off. There's no way!'" Brandon said.
Thinking he and Michelle might have a lot in common, Brandon finally signed up and got on the show "in a blink of an eye." Brandon received the phone call from producers while he was at the gym.
"They were like, 'You've got to get everything packed up.' And I was like, 'Wait, I'm on the show?! And they were like, 'Yeah, did no one tell you? You're the last one!' And I was like, 'Okay! I'm going to have to get some clothes!' I was so excited," Brandon shared.
"I was so invested in Michelle, and I realized, 'I don't know where I'm going to be in this process. I don't know her feelings for the other guys or their connection,' and so I realized this was an opportunity I wasn't going to let go."
Brandon went on to describe himself as a traditional man in relationships.
"Being an old soul that I am, my parents were, like hands down, 'Always ask the parents for one's hand in marriage. Always. It's just a respect thing.'"
Brandon gushed about LaVonne and Ephraim and said, "These are the people who raised that amazing woman, and so, I was like, 'Hey, when am I going to get another chance?'"
Brandon therefore confirmed his move to seek permission to get engaged to Michelle was "a little off script."
"[The producers] called it, 'Brandon's going rogue,'" Brandon revealed on the podcast.
He recalled of the intimate conversation, "That's just me... I told Michelle, 'Hey, do you think I can talk to your parents?' And she was like, 'Okay, bye.' And so I talked to them."
Brandon called the whole date with Michelle "very special."