Leesville Road’s Braxton Berrios narrows his list

tstevens@newsobserver.comJune 19, 2013 

Leesville Road football standout Braxton Berrios has narrowed his list of potential college programs to five, but says he still will entertain other offers.

Berrios, who has offers from every Division I football program in the state, picked five schools from among the scholarship offers that he has received so far.

Clemson, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia made the cut, but he said Wednesday that the list could change if he receives additional offers.

He has not been offered by the University of Miami, for example, but plans to visit there this weekend. He also will attend a Nike camp in Oregon.

“I’d consider new offers,” he said. “But from the ones that I have right now, these are my five.”

Berrios is a 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior with great speed and outstanding quickness. During his career at Leesville Road, he has been a running back, wide receiver, quarterback, linebacker and defensive back. He also is an outstanding kick returner.

He helped the Pride to three consecutive Cap Eight 4A championships and undefeated seasons the past two years. He rushed for 1,142 yards and caught 38 passes for 766 yards during a 12-1 season in 2012.

Berrios had 1,251 rushing yards, 389 passing yards and 519 receiving yards during a 12-1 campaign during his sophomore year. He played on the varsity as a freshman.

“I don’t know what positions I’ll be playing this fall,” Berrios said. “I’ll play offense and I’ll play defense. We’ll just go from there.”

Berrios said he seriously considered the in-state schools and said there were positives at each one.

“But I just didn’t see myself playing there,” he said.

Berrios expects to graduate in December and enroll in college next spring.

Raven picks Heels: Ravenscroft’s Avery Edwards, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound potential tight end, committed to North Carolina on Tuesday.

Edwards said UNC, Louisville and Florida State had been his favorites throughout the recruiting process and that the relationships he developed with the Tar Heel staff, plus UNC’s offense, were factors in his decision.

“I think Carolina’s offense fits my skill set,” Edwards said. “I’ve been blessed with size and some quickness and UNC spreading the field and using an up-tempo allows its tight ends and receivers to have some room.”

Edwards has been an extremely versatile player for Ravens coach Ned Gonet. Edwards has played tight end, wide receiver, quarterback, defensive end, defensive line, linebacker and safety at various times.

He runs 40 yards in 4.7 seconds. UNC believes he can maintain his speed and play at around 245 pounds.

First, though, he wants to be a leader at Ravenscroft. “We’re working hard,” he said. “The goal is a state championship.”

Edwards, defensive end Jeremiah Clarke, (6-5, 272) of T.C. Williams High in Alexandria, Va., safety Allen Artis (6-1, 195) Wheeler High in Marietta, Ga., and safety Cameron Albright (6-2, 207) of North Cobb High in Kennesaw, Ga., have committed to UNC within the last week.

In-state recruiting: Four of the 10 seniors in North Carolina who are ranked four-star prospects by Scout.com have announced commitments. All are headed to out-of-state schools: Quarterback Will Grier of Davidson Day (Florida), tight end Jeb Blazevich of Charlotte Christian (Georgia), running back Elijah Hood of Charlotte Catholic (Notre Dame) and linebacker Chris Register of Greensboro Dudley (Clemson).

•  Havelock running back Derrell Scott, another of the four-star rated players, visited Florida State last weekend and told Michael Clark of Scout.com that the Seminoles and South Carolina are his leaders. Trailing those schools are Ohio State, Oregon and Tennessee, he said.

•  Edwards is UNC’s fourth in-state recruit among 14 known commitments.

•  Nine of N.C. State’s 11 known commitments are in-state players and three of Duke’s 11 commits will play in their home state. All three of East Carolina’s known commitments are in-state products.

Northern recruits: Northern Durham High baseball players Zack Garrison and Dillon Roberts recently committed to Pitt Community College and William Peace University, respectively. Northern’s Kenze Utley committed to Guilford College for girls basketball.

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