Mike's Take: New WR commit

The Hurricanes landed a commitment today from North Carolina wide receiver Braxton Berrios. Read on for an analysis from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Braxton Berrios committed to the Hurricanes today.

What to Like: If there's one word that describes Berrios best at the prep level it's playmaker. All he does is make plays. He's played all over the field throughout his career at Leesville Road High. He's made plays at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and defensive back (five interceptions as a junior last season). He has tremendous open-field running ability. He shows the ability to make a lot of people miss in short areas. After you watch his film it should not surprise you that his 3.81 short shuttle time over the summer was the best recorded at Nike's The Opening (which was loaded with major college prospects). He shows good power with the ability to run through tacklers. His coaches have often talked about how smart he is on the football field, which will likely translate to having a good understanding of the route tree at the college level. He's athletic. He makes plays. He's smart. He's an ideal slot receiver for Miami's offense under James Coley. He should be able to come in and start making plays right away in 2014, especially since he plans to enroll early.

What may concern you: At 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, he's not the biggest kid out on the field. When you're 5-foot-9 and you lack elite straight ahead speed, it's hard to get recruited nationally. While Berrios will make a ton of plays in the slot and make a lot of good things happen after he catches balls, he probably won't run right by many defenders at the college level. He's also been dealing with a high ankle sprain that has already cut short his senior season (by four games now after he missed last night's contest).

Bottom Line: Berrios started getting recruited by Miami back in the spring. They invited him to their camp in June, and he came down and put on a show. It was a strong enough performance that Miami gave him a scholarship offer the first week of July -- when the Canes had just two commitments at the position. He then took his official visit here the weekend Florida came to town. Despite taking other visits to Oregon, South Carolina, and Tennessee, Berrios picked the Hurricanes, which he calls his dream school. Recruited like a four-star player (his other offers included Clemson, Ohio State, and North Carolina), Berrios is another example of a player choosing the school he grew up following. It's a very good addition to an already strong Hurricane recruiting class.

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