College Interest Picking Up For Braziel Twins

[Note: this link has been fixed] Twin prep football stars Desmond and Derrick Braziel out of West Springfield High School are two of the top prep football talents in Virginia's class of 2004. Alike both on and off the field, the Braziel boys are starting to pick up interest from area colleges – the same colleges, of course.

Part I of the twin connection at West Springfield, running back Derrick Braziel rushed for over 1,800 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior. Sure, those numbers are impressive, but what makes those big-time stats even more impressive is the fact that last season was Derrick's first season playing varsity football.

During his junior campaign, he became just the 2nd running back in the region's history to rush for 300 yards twice in a season. He also had a game in which he rushed for 385 yards, a mark that holds as the third highest figure in region history.

Thanks to his stellar play on the field, Derrick, who stands 5'8", 175 pounds, runs the 40 in a legit 4.5 seconds and benches 235 pounds, is starting to be noticed by college recruiters. Derrick says that a few major D-1 schools have shown interest in him early on. "Michigan, Maryland, and Virginia have sent me letters," Derrick said. As for a favorite, Derrick is quick to say that West Point is the school he would like to attend at this point.

"I want to go to West Point," Derrick said. "I've always wanted to be in the Army and West Point is a good academic school and the football team is rebuilding. One of my best friends happens to be going there too."

Part II of the twin combination out of West Springfield High is cornerback Desmond Braziel, a 5'8", 175 pound safety. Desmond, who benches 255 and squats 430, is expected to play corner at the college level.

Desmond tells OBI that "Maryland, UVa, and Michigan" are after him too but, unlike his brother, Desmond does not believe that he will want to attend West Point. "I wouldn't say I want to go to West Point right now, not really," Desmond said. "I'm not sure if I'm ready to get in the gung-ho Army thing but I do like West Point a good bit. I don't really have a school I favor now."

Although they disagree on which school they favor at this point, Derrick tells OBI that they would like to attend the same school. "We're looking at the same schools and will be looking at the same ones," Derrick said. "We're like Ronde Barber, we want to go to the same school together. We're both in the same boat."

The Braziel brothers will be in the same boat this summer as well, as the duo plan to attend both the Maryland and Virginia football camps.

Stay tuned to OBI for the latest with the Braziel twins as well as UVa recruiting. Top Stories