Speedy Florida RB Likes Duke

Be careful when you label Royal Palm Beach High standout Brandon Pendergrass. Though he stands just 5'9 and weighs 185 pounds, he's not your typical finesse style runner. But that's the perception of some who haven't seen him in action. Of course those thoughts haunted another player just a few years ago, until he proved them wrong – which is what Pendergrass says will happen with him.

"Right now I've got seven offers," says Brandon Pendergrass or Royal Palm Beach High. "Duke, Wake Forest, Minnesota, Ohio, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, and Troy have all sent me written offers. A couple of other schools have said they are close to offering as well."

The 5-foot-9, 185 pounder spent most of his junior year accumulating yards at a dizzying pace for Royal Palm Beach, which led to a number of early offers. Still, some schools have been reluctant to throw their hat in.

"Until you see me play, you probably think I'm more of a finesse runner, but the schools that have offered me have seen what kind of player I am. I try to hit the holes hard and then take off, but if you get in front of me, I'm going to lower my shoulder and run over you. Then I'll take off."

That sounds a lot like a DeAngelo Williams, the former Memphis star, turned Carolina Panthers first round pick.

"That's actually the comparison I got this week from Georgia Tech's staff. They had just left from Memphis and when they saw me the coaches told me I reminded all of them of DeAngelo. He had some weight on me, but I'll add a lot of muscle before I step on the field in college."

As a junior for Royal Palm, Brandon carried the ball 105 times for just over 950 yards on the ground, which led to the slew of early offers. He's yet to take any unofficial or official visits though, and won't be making those until the fall, which projects a decision being pushed back until the holiday season. However, one thing that will be important to Pendergrass has nothing to do with football.

"Playing at a top academic school plays a very important role to me. I'd like to go somewhere that I enjoy, but somewhere that will set me up for life if football doesn't' work out for me."

With distance being "no factor" in the decision, Pendergrass says he's anxious to see how the summer goes and will then narrow his list at the beginning of the fall while setting up his officials.

Brandon has been clocked with 4.4 speed in the forty according to Scout.com's combines.


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