Leesville Road's Braxton Berrios likely to name his college choice Saturday

tstevens@newsobserver.comOctober 8, 2013 

Leesville Road High football standout Braxton Berrios, a national recruiting target, is expected to announce his college choice on Saturday at noon at the school auditorium.

Berrios is expected to pick from among Tennessee, Oregon, South Carolina, Miami and Kentucky.

On Tuesday Berrios tweeted: “I’ll start it off with Blue and White, that UK. Secondly 305 to my city Miami whatcha say? Them Ducks are balling out so Quack Quack, been to South Carolina 4 times for good I might be going back. Last but not least I’ll say GBO, those Vols held it down and gave me a show!”

The versatile Berrios enhanced his national reputation during workouts last summer when he finished among the top five high school athletes in the country in football skills testing. He has been named to the Under Armor All-America game.

He has played running back, wide receiver and quarterback and several defensive back positions during his career at Leesville.

Berrios rushed for 556 yards, averaging 12.4 yards per carry, and scored nine rushing touchdowns before injuring his ankle in the Pride’s fourth game of the season.

Leesville coach Chad Smothers said Berrios’ status is week to week.

The Pride is at home against Sanderson on Friday night.

Rival game: Cary’s home football game against Apex on Oct. 18 has been selected as one of the games in the Great American Rivalry Series. This is the 10th year that series has recognized some of the best high school football rivalries in the country.

The series also has recognized Waynesville Tuscola against Canton Pisgah, Greensboro Page against Greensboro Grimsley and Kannapolis Brown against Concord.

The series is sponsored by IHigh.com, an online high school sports site. The games provide scholarships and trophies and names most valuable players.

Millbrook hall: The Millbrook hall of fame will induct its next class on Friday, Oct. 18 during halftime of its football game against Wakefield.

The individuals being included are: Andrew Sapp (a 1989 graduate), an NCHSAA state champion golfer and the current University of North Carolina golf coach; Bucky Brooks (1989), a five-year NFL wide receiver and defensive back; Larry Harrington (1989), a three-time state hurdles champion; Michelle Massey (2002), a four-year soccer starter at N.C. State; Kenny Garrett (1960), a four-sport letterman who played football at Guilford College; Casey Prince (1997), a four-year starting soccer keeper; Andy Schmidt (1988), a football and track standout who is involved in wheelchair athletics after being paralyzed in a diving accident; Whitey Wade (1957), a four-year, three sport athlete; and Danny Wilkins (1972), coach of boys and girls NCHSAA championship soccer teams at Millbrook.

Millbrook also is inducting its undefeated 1989 girls soccer state champions and its 1994 boys state soccer champions.

Jordan hall: Durham Jordan High is starting a athletics hall of fame and will induct its first class on Saturday, Oct. 26.

The Falcons will induct 20 state championship teams, their coaches and some players.

A quilt made from a variety of Falcon uniforms will be raffled and pieces of the original gym floor will be on sale. Tickets are $15.

Grace cross country: Alex Dolwick of Raleigh Grace Christian is undefeated in Eastern Plains Independent Conference cross country races this year and has won by an average of 32 seconds. Grace has not lost in a conference meet in the past three years.

Big 10 honors: Cardinal Gibbons graduate Haleigh Nelson, a freshman volleyball standout at the University of Wisconsin, was named the Big 10 freshman of the week last week. The 6-foot-4 middle blocker has started 13 of 14 games for the Badgers.

Stevens: 919-829-8910

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