Junior WR Braxton Berrios of Raleigh has received visits from USC and Clemson in recent weeks. USC has been by his school several times. “I’ve talked to South Carolina a little more than Clemson,” said Berrios. “Both schools are telling me basically the same thing. They see me as a slot receiver. (USC) Coach (Joe) Robinson is also telling me he likes me as a kick returner on special teams.” Berrios joked with a “no comment” when asked of his favorites but did hint that USC and Clemson are strongly in the mix. Other schools that have been by to see him include North Carolina, Ohio State, East Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest. “I’m sure I’ll go to some junior days but I haven’t set any of them up yet,” he said. “I’ll probably go to South Carolina or Clemson…or both. I’m sure I’ll make at least one of them.” Berrios plans to make his decision early next fall. His offers include USC, North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest, Duke, East Carolina, Virginia Tech, Maryland and Minnesota.
Junior DL Khari Clark (6-3 311) of Hollywood, FL has 28 offers already including Clemson and USC. Both were by the school this month as were Oklahoma, Miami, Florida State and Nebraska. “Nebraska told me I’m the #1 defensive tackle on their board,” Clark said. He does not have favorites and is staying open. “I’m looking for a school with a great education, good football team, a team that’s always together, and high graduation rates.” This season Clark went to games at Maryland at Miami. He wants to get to Clemson, USC and Oklahoma next year. He will not make a decision until his senior season.
Class of 2014 ATH Hyleck Foster of Gaffney feels his first offers should come in the near future. According to Foster, USC and UNC are close to offering. The schools showing interest include USC, North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, LSU, Maryland, Mississippi State, Pitt, Cincinnati and Virginia Tech. Several of these schools have stopped by his school to visit Foster in recent weeks. “It’s been crazy,” he said. “Maryland, Duke, Wake Forest, UNC, LSU, Cincinnati, Mississippi State and South Carolina have all come by. USC is telling me that once I get there I can play anywhere on the field.” He did not name the Gamecocks among his favorites listing North Carolina, Mississippi State and Pitt as those schools. “I like the offense they run at North Carolina,” Foster said. “I like the way they spead the field and use Giovanni (Bernard) because I’m a running back. I’ve been up there a bunch and I like the campus.” His cousin played at Mississippi State and is encouraging him to do the same. “Pitt runs the ball more so I like their offense too,” he added. Foster plans to attend junior days at USC, Clemson and North Carolina with Mississippi State and Cincinnati as possibilities. He did not name a leader.
Junior DB Denzel Franklin (6-0 190) of Atlanta named USC as his favorite. He says he has not received any offers but acknowledged the Gamecocks have made a verbal offer. “That was after my sophomore year…it’s nothing official,” said Franklin. “I definitely like them a lot. I like the coaches and I love the defense.” Franklin has visited USC and liked what he saw saying simply, “I just like the whole set up there.” Other schools showing interest are Georgia, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Miami, Alabama, Indiana and Louisville. His visits include USC, Miami, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Alabama and Georgia. “Georgia Tech is in the city so it’s close to everything,” he said. “Miami has South Beach, great weather, and it’s a nice campus. Louisville was pretty nice too but it seemed a little too suburban.” Franklin does not have a time frame for a decision.