Following The Opening, wide receiver Braxton Berrios named his top five schools, but he didn’t mention his childhood favorites, the Miami Hurricanes.
There was a reason for that . . . they hadn’t offered him a scholarship.
That all changed late Friday night when the Canes extended an offer to the Raleigh, N.C., native. The soon-to-be high school senior couldn’t hide his enthusiasm:
— Braxton Berrios (@HNYNUT_BERRIOS) July 6, 2013
Berrios is a three-star wide receiver according to a majority of recruiting services, but that could change following his performance this past week. It seemed like every report from Oregon — host of The Opening — included sparkling reviews of Berrios’ play. He was particularly lethal working underneath routes from the slot, proving to be almost uncoverable in man-to-man schemes.
The primary knock against Berrios is his size. He’s listed a 5-foot-9, 181 pounds but appears even shorter than that on film. However, he tested extremely well at The Opening, including a camp-best 3.81 shuttle time. After that test, it was easy to see why he is so hard to cover in tight spaces. He also ran a 4.52 40-yard dash, proving he has solid top-end speed to go along with his quickness.
As a receiver, Berrios shows incredible explosion. He’s lightning fast getting off the line,and extremely quick after the catch as well. He won’t be a deep threat at the collegiate level, but could make a living working underneath against linebackers and safeties. The natural comparison for the undersized Berrios is new Denver Broncos acquisition Wes Welker. His size, speed and quickness are eerily similar to that of Berrios.
If you look at Berrios’ offer sheet, you’ll see Miami is getting into his recruitment a little bit late. He has over a dozen offers and listed Clemson, South Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky as his top five late last week. However, it doesn’t take much to figure out that the Miami offer might have been a game-changer. Nothing is official yet, but Canes fans have to be feeling good about Berrios at this point.
The college football world got a good look at Berrios this past week at The Opening, and by accounts, he was a standout. His recruitment will undoubtedly intensify over the next few months, but there’s a new team to watch out for. The Miami Hurricanes recruiting class if filling up fast, but it’s likely they’d leave a spot open for a player of Berrios’ caliber.
B.L. is an ACC Football writer for Rant Sports and can be followed on Twitter @coachlip.