"Honestly I don't know too much about East Carolina but I do want to know more," said Branche. "They've sent me letters and let me know they'll be following me, so I hope to hear more from them. I'm probably going to take some unofficial visits or camp some places over the summer, but I'm not sure where yet. That will be a good chance to learn more about schools."
In addition to ECU, Branche is hearing from schools like Boston College, Maryland, Illinois, Delaware State and James Madison. His experience as a quarterback in earlier years has made his transition to safety smooth.
"All of those schools are recruiting me to play safety," he said. "Because I used to play quarterback I'm able to see the whole field. I really know what's going on everywhere. I can get a pretty good read on what the offense wants to do on a given play."
While he does not have any offers yet, that may change during or after the summer. At 5-10 and 175 pounds, Branche has solid speed and technique, and his vision sets him apart from lots of other safeties in the high school ranks. He was a key player for Maury High School in Norfolk, Va. as a junior, and should attract even more attention as a senior.
"Right now I'm just keeping all of my options open," said Branche. "I don't have a favorite or anything like that. I want to hear from as many schools as I can. I'd say Boston College is probably recruiting me the hardest, though.
"When I make my decision the biggest factors are going to be things like distance, academics, playing time and other things like that. I'm going to look at the whole package instead of one or two things."