Hillside (Durham, N.C.) running back Ricquaz Brannon has spent his entire life in the South and has rarely left his home state of North Carolina. But on June 7 the 5-foot-10, 195-pounder made the trek to the Old Line State in order to participate in Maryland's one-day camp. Brannon, who holds one offer from NC State, said he had an "awesome" time working with the UMD coaches and said the Terps' interest level has increased.
"It's my first time in Maryland, and it was a beautiful campus -- one of the nicest I've seen. And it was a real nice camp, and real informative. I learned I need to work on my footwork a little bit, but other than that I think I did real well," Brannon said. "It was good to work with some of the players mostly. Brandon Ross and Albert Reid were coaching us up and I really liked that. Coach [Andre] Powell, he was very intense and in-depth, and he basically tells it like it is. It's obvious he knows a lot about the game and the running back position."
Powell doubles as Brannon's recruiter. Maryland's running backs coach has ties to the Carolinas and the Hillside back said he's been in touch for a couple months now.
"Coach Powell Iis a real cool guy, a real good guy. I like him a lot," Brannon said. "He's basically saying to send some senior film and they'll be evaluating me. He was real honest with me and said he wants to see how I do this year."
Brannon does indeed plan to send along his tape. He said he's "hoping like heck" the Terps pull through, because he liked what he saw during his stay in College Park, Md.
"Of course I'd love to get an offer from Maryland. Actually, if they offered, I'd probably just commit to them," Brannon said. "I really liked it up here, and it's a great school that's going to a great conference in the Big Ten. Hopefully I'll get that chance."
Whether or not he gets that Terps chance remains to be seen, but he does have at least one opportunity to play at the FBS level. He said NC State offered back during April, and the Carolina back is high on his hometown school.
"It's a great college and they're my favorite school right now," Brannon said. "I took a visit up there and it was real nice. The coaches treated me well there and I enjoyed it. It's close to home, and it's a school I'm familiar with, so yes, they're my No. 1 right now."
Brannon is also hearing from Western Kentucky, Navy and several Division I-AA programs. He attended a Navy camp as well and has significant interest in the Academy.
"Right now I'm just hoping to get some more offers. Hopefully after these camps and then when I send film out I'll get some more looks," Brannon said. "Then hopefully I can commit either late during the season or after my senior year."
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