Duke In Good Shape With In-State WR

With the job of signing a pair of highly rated quarterbacks already behind them, the Duke coaching staff has turned their attention towards landing big time prospects that can catch passes from Gene Delle Donne and Joe Cox. One of the best in state recently listed Duke among his favorites.

"I've thought about my list a lot, and I've narrowed it down to seven," says 6-foot-4 Lawndale (NC) Burns High standout receiver Josh Briscoe. "If others offer, I'll have to consider it as those come around."

Those seven finalists for the 6-foot-4, 180 pound receiver include Duke, North Carolina State, Virginia, Tennessee, Nebraska, Georgia, and Clemson with all offering a scholarship at this point.

Others that had shown interest by also offering, but failed to make the cut were South Carolina, North Carolina, East Carolina, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Maryland, and Kansas State.

The high number of offers came on the heels of back to back big time campaigns that yielded 44 catches for 726 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior, and over 1,000 yards and 21 scores as a sophomore.

Some may think the dramatic decline in statistics was troubling, but they don't know Josh Briscoe.

"They weren't as a high, but we won a lot and that was all that matters. We didn't throw it as much, but I concentrated on make the plays when we did decide to throw it. That's all I can do."

Indeed he made enough plays to earn status as the #13 overall prospect in the state of North Carolina according to TheInsiders.com's pre-camp top 20. So what makes him so good?

"I get yards after the catch and I can make people miss. I have great hands and I'm real good at reading coverages. I'd like a quicker step off the line and get open quicker. I also want to improve my lower body strength."

Despite all the big interest, don't expect there to be a lot of in-depth coverage of the talented in state prospect until signing day. After all he won't be camping anywhere this summer, and will delay the announcement of his commitment until signing day.

"I'm going to hold off for as long as I can. When I know where I want to go, I'll let the college know but that's it. It'll be public when Signing Day gets here."

While he's gifted on the field, Josh is also the model of what a student athlete should be. He has a 3.9 grade point average and has already qualified on both standardized tests.

LINK: Josh Briscoe Video.


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