Brandyn is an outstanding running back/defensive back prospect who received numerous spring evaluation calls this past May. "Oklahoma State...there were a bunch of calls," said Brandyn. "It was about every day. I would come home from track practice and there would be messages on the phone."
When he was able to talk to the coaches, they said one thing really stood out. "They like that I'm versatile and can play many positions," said Brandyn. "I can play DB on defense and running back or wide receiver on offense. Most of them are recruiting me for both positions, but a lot said they would start me off at running back."
Brandyn, who has 18 offers so far, received his first offer from Oklahoma State almost immediately after his football season ended. "Oklahoma State was my first offer. I got it the day of our football banquet." His other offers, according to Brandyn, include, "Maryland, Auburn, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Indiana, Duke, Troy State and a few others."
Fast on the field, Brandyn was also fast with his commitment, committing to Maryland in early June. He explained his decision. "I committed because I felt like it was the best situation for me. I wanted to get my decision out of the way early so that I could concentrate on my senior year and try and win the state championship."
Although he remains committed to Maryland, he also is still interested in several schools, three SEC schools in particular. "I am going to take my three officials to three other schools, the SEC schools South Carolina, Kentucky and Mississippi State. Well, really it's those three, Maryland, Kentucky and Mississippi State. I'll probably take a visit to South Carolina." He's not going to waste time taking his visits. "I'll probably take my official visits right away."
What does he like about each school?
Maryland - "I went up to visit and liked everything. (Maryland head) Coach (Ralph) Friedgen is pretty nice and it looks like he has them moving in the right direction. They are going to add onto the stadium and are doing a lot of good for the football team. And it was an opportunity to play for a championship caliber football team, along with being in a good area."
Kentucky - "My friend is equipment manager for the (Atlanta) Falcons, so I have been around the Falcons for a long time. And I was there when (Kentucky head) Coach Brooks was their defensive coordinator. It's also an opportunity for me to stay closer to home, instead of going 11 hours away from home. Kentucky is about 6 or 7 hours from my home."
Mississippi State - "It is even closer to home. And Coach Holliday, my recruiting coach, has told me that I can come in and play either running back or corner right away. At first, I was getting cards telling me about their program. He told me that Mississippi State would be a good place for me to come play. I think that they will be graduating some running backs. And with the offense that (MSU head) Coach Croom has coming in, they will have a wide open offense."
South Carolina - "South Carolina is a place that will give me an opportunity to play running back, just straight running back. I really want to stay on the offensive side of the ball. They said they would start me off at running back and if things didn't work out, they would move me to wide out. That will give me the opportunity to stay close to home and I would get my wish to stay on the offensive side of the ball."
With what appears a final four, what are the criteria that he will use to make his final decision?
"At first it didn't really matter, but I kind of want to stay close to home and stay on the offensive side of the ball," said Brandyn. "Maryland is already going to have a running back, Josh Allen, when I get there. And they said they don't plan on redshirting me, so they will probably move me straight to the defensive side of the ball. While it doesn't matter what I play, if I had to pick, I would stay on the offensive side of the ball."
Stayed tuned for additional updates during the upcoming season on this highly recruited young running back.
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